Corn stover for ethanol production will affect soil productivity

01/19/2010 | Cattle Network

Corn growers need to look at the agronomic and economic implications of selling corn stover for cellulosic ethanol, according to Stu Ellis in this analysis. The removal of corn stover from the field reduces the amount of nutrients in the soil and worsens erosion. The collection of corn stover also depletes the soil's organic content, which in turn will lessen productivity, Ellis writes.

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