Harvesting Corn Stover Is Topic of Hubbard Meeting July 9

HUBBARD, Iowa – New opportunities exist for harvesting corn stover in support of central Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant biomass feedstock needs. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting at the Hubbard Golf and Recreation Club on July 9 to address emerging stover harvest opportunities.

The Corn Stover Harvest Meeting follows a noon lunch and there is no fee to attend. Registration is required for preparation of lunch and handout materials. The meeting is supported in part by grant funding from Iowa Energy Center.

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

University speakers include: Chad Hart, extension agricultural marketing specialist; Kapil Arora, extension agricultural engineering specialist; Mark Licht, extension field agronomist; and Kelvin Leibold, extension farm management specialist. Industry speakers on the agenda are Dennis Penland, DuPont business development manager; David Ertl, Iowa Corn Growers Association technology commercialization manager; and Andrew Heggenstaller, DuPont agronomy research manager. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry representatives during lunch and after the meeting adjourns.

By attending the meeting, participants will

  • understand the benefits and constraints related to stover harvest based on the research information available to date
  • learn about the cellulosic ethanol program being implemented by DuPont
  • participate in a panel discussion with producers involved in stover removal from their farm fields

The noon lunch will be sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, provided at no cost to registered participants. Registration forms are available by contacting the Hardin County Extension Office at 524 Lawler St., Iowa Falls, calling (641) 648-4850, emailing Linda Hayes at linhay@iastate.edu, or as a downloadable PDF. Please use a separate form for each individual registering. Register by 5 p.m. Friday, July 5.

Participation at the meeting is limited to 100 registrants. Walk-in registration the day of the meeting will only be accepted if space is available.