AMES, Iowa – Opportunities to harvest
corn stover exist in two regions of Iowa – near Nevada in central Iowa
and near Emmetsburg in northern Iowa. Iowa State University Extension
and Outreach will host three meetings in January to address emerging
opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock
needs of local industries.
The central Iowa meeting will be held Jan. 6 at the Leonard Good
Learning Center in Ogden. This meeting is in collaboration with DuPont.
The northern Iowa meetings will be held Jan. 14 at the Clay County
Regional Events Center in Spencer and Jan. 21 at Water’s Edge Events
Center in Algona. The northern Iowa meetings are in collaboration with
POET-DSM. All three meetings will start at 9:45 a.m.
Stover harvesting can impact economic, agronomic and water quality
production factors. The meetings will address many of the positives and
negatives of stover harvesting and discuss how stover harvesting can be
managed within corn production. Crop producers, land owners, crop
consultants, agronomists, service providers and others with an interest
in stover harvest and its removal from farm fields are encouraged to
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meeting speakers include:
Mark Licht and Paul Kassel, field agronomists; Kelvin Leibold, Melissa
O’Rourke and Kristen Schulte, farm management specialists; and Kapil
Arora, agricultural engineering specialist. Industry speakers on the
agenda include: David Ertl, technology commercialization manager, Iowa
Corn Growers Association; Dennis Penland, DuPont business development
manager; Andy Heggenstaller, agronomy research manager, DuPont-Pioneer;
B.J. Schany, commodities manager, POET-DSM; and Steve Petersen, end use
product manager, Monsanto Corn Crop Management. Barb Stewart, state
agronomist, will present the USDA-NRCS perspective on soil health and
stover removal at these meetings.
A noon lunch will be sponsored by industry partners during the meeting
at no cost to the participants, however pre-registration is required.
Industry representatives will be available to meet with participants
during lunch and at the close of the meeting. The meetings are funded in
part by a grant from Iowa Energy Center.