Technology has brought us leaps and bounds forward in regards to renewable fuel, to the point where the focus is shifting to biomass as a fuel source instead of grain, helping to cool the food vs. fuel debate. But biomass is also critical to soil health and stability, as roots provide much-needed soil anchoring and are a source of carbon for soil flora and fauna, which, in turns, builds or maintains organic matter.

The question is: can you have both? Recently, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, farmers were treated to a demo of baling corn stalks (follow this link to see the baling in action). The Ontario Federation of Agriculture was on hand as a key supporter of the concept, as the organization sees real potential in supporting cellulosic ethanol as a value-adding item for corn growers.

In this interview, Don McCabe, vice president of the OFA, explains the value of corn stalks in several applications and how baling can compliment reduced tillage and soil management goals. McCabe also gives an update on the volume of corn stalks being used in the United States already and where we’re at with what’s going on right here at home in Ontario in regards to composites and biofuel advancements.

Follow this link for all of our coverage of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

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