Poster Title: Sustainability of Corn Stover Removal for Biofuel Production
Authors: C.D. Houser, G.W. Roth, P.R. Adler and T.L Richard
Poster Abstract: Corn stover is a potential low cost feedstock for biofuel however there are some potential concerns with soil nutrient removal, increased soil erosion and reduced soil carbon levels. By implementing some improved management practices such as no-tillage, higher plant populations, superior hybrids, twin rows and a timely planted rye cover crop, it may be possible to increase stover production, increased carbon sequestration by the cover crop and reduced carbon loss associated with tillage. This could reduce the potential for negative impacts associated with corn stover removal for biofuel production.