One Pass Biomass From AGCO

Chuck Zimmerman

AGCO is one of the companies working on a prototype biomass harvest/transport system. At POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day they demonstrated a pulled behind baler system to harvest corn cobs and stover. Dean Morrell, Product Marketing Manager for Hay and Forage Harvesting, was on site and talked with me about their system. He says it’s a one pass system which …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Equipment, Ethanol, Technology

Biomass Harvesting From Case IH

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the companies exhibiting their developmental corn cob harvest/collection equipment at the POET Project LIBERTY Field Day was Case IH. Representing them again this year was Sam Acker, pictured sitting in their booth during the speeches. I spoke to him to find out what’s new with Case IH in this area this year. Sam says they’re demonstrating an Axial-Flow …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Energy, Equipment, Ethanol, Video

Providing Homegrown Fuel is Historic

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the stars on hand to address the crowd at POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day was former four-star General Wesley Clark. He spoke about the important role they would play in providing more homegrown fuel for the nation. “We are involved in something that is historic,” Clark said. “We are going to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign energy …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol

POET Project LIBERTY Field Day 2009

Chuck Zimmerman

This is where I’ll be on Tuesday for the POET Project LIBERTY Field Day. The action will take place at their biorefining facility in Emmetsburg, IA starting at 10 a.m. Agriculture equipment manufacturers will soon put cob harvesting equipment on the market, and Iowa farmers will have a chance to see the latest prototypes in action at Project LIBERTY Field …

Biofuels, Ethanol

Blade Energy Crops From Ceres

Chuck Zimmerman

Have you ever wondered what switchgrass looks like? That’s it behind Cory Christensen, Director of Product Managment, Ceres, who was conducting Sunbelt Ag Expo presentations in the field. He says it’s a first season stand of their Blade energy crop. It was developed specifically for the southeast. Since it’s the first season for this crop they won’t harvest it at …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, Sunbelt Ag Expo

Biodiesel Alliance and Backers Supported by New Holland

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland, one of the sponsors of our coverage of the Farm Progress Show was the first company of its kind to join The Biodiesel Alliance. To talk about it I spoke with Gene Hemphill, New Holland and Tom Verry, National Biodiesel Board. NBB was the founder of the Alliance. The Biodiesel Alliance is a diverse coalition of organizations, agencies …

Ag Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Farm Progress Show, New Holland

Carbon and Land Use Models Being Discussed

Chuck Zimmerman

Do you understand things like indirect land use when it comes to regulations via departments like the EPA due to the RFS? Me either. And I’ve sat in on conferences and discussions and interviews on the subject for a while now. That’s because an issue like indirect land use involves predicting the future based on certain assumptions that may or …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Government, NCGA

NCGA Talking Land Use

Chuck Zimmerman

The NCGA Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-Based Ethanol Conference is underway here at the Renaissance hotel by the St. Louis airport. This is our first panel discussion on “Emission Factors and Land Use Change Modeling” which is being moderated by Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association. We’re talking some very involved talks on things like Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Analysis, …

Ag Group, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Environment, NCGA

Zimmatic Irrigation Can Improve Biofuels ROI

Cindy Zimmerman

You know that we have to love the name of this company – Zimmatic! Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic® irrigation systems, has produced a new biofuels brochure called “Improving Biofuel ROI Through Efficient Irrigation Solutions.” The eight-page full-color brochure includes information on key biofuel crops, the benefits of biofuels, market growth opportunities for biofuels, and irrigation management recommendations to help …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, Irrigation