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Workshops to address corn stover decisions

By Staff | Mar 10, 2016

AMES – Corn stover – the cobs, leaves and stalks of corn plants left in the field after harvest – are being used in the production of ethanol, including the Iowa cellulosic ethanol facilities in Nevada and Emmetsburg.

As these ethanol production plants start their operations, they present an opportunity for producers to participate in this newly developing corn stover supply chain.

Stover removal, in either round or square bales, can impact agronomic decisions such as nutrient balance and soil quality, and can influence harvest logistics in terms of removal amounts and reduced tillage.

To help producers understand the opportunities available and where they fit into the supply chain, Iowa State University Extension will host a series of four workshops to address the constraints and benefits of corn stover harvesting.

The events are free but pre-registration is required. Participants must register at least one day in advance. Early registration is recommended as workshop size is limited to 50 participants per site on a first-come basis.

The workshops will be held on the following dates at these locations:

  • March 18: Jefferson, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Greene County Extension office, 104 West Washington St., in Jefferson. To register for this location, call (515) 386-2138.
  • March 22: Algona, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Water’s Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th St., in Algona. To register for this location, call Kossuth County ISU Extension office at (515) 295-2469.
  • March 23: Spencer, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 West 18th St., in Spencer. To register for this location, call Clay County ISU Extension office at (712) 262-2264.
  • March 29: Marshalltown, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marshall County ISU Extension office, 2608 South Second St., Marshalltown. To register for this location, call (641) 752-1551.

ISU Extension field agronomists Mark Johnson and Paul Kassel, as well as agricultural engineering specialist Dr. Kapil Arora will host the workshops.

Crop producers, land owners, crop consultants, agronomists, service providers and others with an interest in stover harvest and its removal from farm fields are encouraged to attend.

The workshops are sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau in Clay, Green and Marshall counties.

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