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Meetings will address emerging opportunities to harvest corn stover for biomass feedstock for local industries.

February 19, 2013

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There are new opportunities to harvest corn stover in two regions of Iowa -- near Nevada in central Iowa and near Dubuque in eastern Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host two meetings, one in each part of the state, to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.


The central Iowa meeting will be held Feb. 28 at the Iowa Arboretum near Madrid, Iowa. This meeting is in collaboration with DuPont and will look at the use of corn stover in cellulosic ethanol production. The eastern Iowa meeting will be held on March 6 at the 4-H Building at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Dubuque, Iowa. The eastern Iowa meeting is in collaboration with JELD-WEN Fiber of Iowa to discuss use of corn stover as a fiber material. Both meetings start at 12:45 p.m.

Harvesting of corn stover has positives and negatives and needs to be managed

Stover harvesting can impact economic, agronomic and water quality production factors. The meetings will address many of the positives and negatives of stover harvesting and discuss how stover harvesting can be managed within corn production. Crop producers, landowners, crop consultants, agronomists, service providers and others with an interest in stover harvest and its removal from farm fields are encouraged to attend.

The ISU Extension meeting speakers include: John Sawyer and Antonio Mallarino, soil fertility specialists; Mahdi Al-Kaisi, soil management specialist; Chad Hart and William Edwards, agricultural marketing specialist and economists; Matt Helmers and Kapil Arora, ag engineering specialists; Mark Licht and Virgil Schmitt, field agronomists; and Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist. Industry speakers on the agenda include: Dr. David Ertl, technology commercialization manager, Iowa Corn Growers Association; Dennis Penland, DuPont business development manager; Andy Heggenstaller, agronomy research manager at DuPont; and Gardner Lance, general manager, JELD-WEN Fiber of Iowa.

Industry representatives will be available to meet with attendees, preregistration is required if you want to attend

A noon lunch will be sponsored by industry partners prior to the start of the meeting at no cost to the participants, but preregistration is required. Industry representatives will be available to meet with participants during lunch and at the close of the meeting.

Registration forms for the Feb. 28 Boone County meeting are available from the Boone County Extension Office by calling 515-432-3882, or online here. Registration for the March 6 Dubuque meeting are available from the Dubuque County Extension and Outreach Office by calling 563-583-6496, or online. There is no fee to attend the meetings. Registration is required for correct meal and handout counts. Walk-in registration the day of the meeting will only be accepted if space is available.

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