Baling Corn Stalks — How Does it Work?

With potential opportunities in cellulosic ethanol production and feed shortages leading livestock producers to look for alternative feeds, there’s growing interest in baling the leftovers from corn harvest.

A corn stalk baling demonstration billed as the first-ever in Canada was held at the 2014 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario last week.

As part of the interview below, Ken Wagerbach of Agco describes the process, from collecting the plant material to stacking the bales.

As he explains to RealAg’s Bern Tobin, the shredder arranges the stalks in a windrow and also determines the sizing of the straw for baling and further processing.

While this video describes the process, another post from COFS 14 on the potential for corn stalk baling in Ontario will be up on RealAg in the coming days.

You can also listen to an audio-only version of Bern’s interview with Ken:

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