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Subject: Re: Improved corn stover efficiency for cellul E Date: 3/7/2014 7:25 PM
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Hey Paul!

Around here, central Illinois, stover is used as "edible bedding" ... what they (cattle or sheep) don't eat, they sleep on. It is baled in large rounds. Some guys rake it into windrows, some just take the chopper off the combine and bale what falls out in a sort of row.

Many, many years ago, I was one of the first to try the large (850-900#)square bales - 3X4X8 - for hay. Didn't work for me, but many guys are using them. THEY TRUCK REALLY NICE ... very stable loads. I still handle the small square bales by machine.

The ethanol plant, only 20 miles from us, uses a lot of corn. I dunno if a switch to stover would be feasible or not. I'm sure the upgrades to make/use the 2000# bales will eventually be done. Seems like everything we do in ag just gets bigger and/or faster or both.

I think I'd rather own the companies that make the machinery than the ethanol plants.

The only switchgrass around here is in small patches for wildlife ... I have a single 3 acre patch myself. Man! is that stuff thick. The deer just love it.

I'm guessing that if the price was right, there could be enough acres added up to make a plant run on switchgrass around here. Just a guess.
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