Cellulosic ethanol may be gaining on us. Researchers at Iowa State have adulterated a perfectly good combine to harvest stover.
Presumably, the product would be sold to an ethanol production facility. However, a few questions spring to mind:
- How much horsepower will this baby suck up chopping husks and stalks?
- How far will a silage wagon get you through the field?
- Why didn't this guy choose his hybrid for stalk strength (note the reel)?
- How are you going to store this stuff? And keep it from spontaneously combusting?
- Why not bale it?
- I suppose we can sell our grain carts, since we'll be stopping every through or round anyway.
Besides, once you have harvested at 7 mph. you are not going back to 3.