The potential for farmers to harvest feedstocks for the emerging cellulosic biofuels industry is growing as fast as the industry.
Ag Connect Expo was designed as a trade show focusing on innovation, and one such innovation is the range of biofuel harvesting equipment. With cellulosic ethanol considered as the next step for biofuel production in the U.S., farmers can feel confident that a variety of equipment will be available for their choosing.
Manufacturers have developed equipment including towable carts to balers attached to combines.
Many of these innovations were on display at Ag Connect. These included Vermeer's corn stalk baler, and a pile of cobs to demonstrate their capacity to harvest corn cobs with their towable caddy. AGCO displayed a class 7 Challenger combine with a trailered square baler capable of producing corn stover bales weighing up to 1,200 lb.