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An Economic Analysis of Harvesting Biomass from Sorghums and Corn


  • Williams, Jeffery
  • Brammer, Jon
  • Llewelyn, Richard
  • Bergtold, Jason


This study examines the economic potential of harvesting cellulosic biomass from corn and three types of sorghum rotated with soybeans using enterprise budgets constructed with experiment field data. The results show that harvesting of crop residue from grain sorghum, corn, and biomass from an energy sorghum that does not produce grain is economically feasible. Net returns from corn that produced grain and corn stover has the highest net return per acre. Dual purpose sorghum which produces sorghum grain and sorghum stover has the second highest net return per acre. Net returns from the other two sorghums were substantially less.

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  • Williams, Jeffery & Brammer, Jon & Llewelyn, Richard & Bergtold, Jason, 2016. "An Economic Analysis of Harvesting Biomass from Sorghums and Corn," Journal of the ASFMRA, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, vol. 2015, pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jasfmr:236656
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.236656

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    1. Petrolia, Daniel R., 2006. "The Economics of Harvesting and Transporting Corn Stover for Conversion to Fuel Ethanol: A Case Study for Minnesota," Staff Papers 14213, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
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