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Re: What harvest machine will they invent next?

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01-12-2013 10:01:35

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Vermeer, Case, and one other company have had demos and worked on a couple different designs to harvest the cobs while combining corn. The thought is the cobs are easy to handle, and provide a uniform feedstock for ethanol, and remove an even amount of material per acre, leaving the stalks for soil building. One has a bin up above, one has a trailer, was a couple years ago now.

They just need to get a better return on the ethanol side, still not a good efficiency deal yet.


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01-12-2013 10:05:10

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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Paul, 01-12-2013 10:01:35

Here's a link.


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01-12-2013 10:38:26

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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Paul, 01-12-2013 10:05:10  
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Interesting link. I'm surprised no one has found a way to pelletize cobs for heating purposes given the high btu content. We used to burn cobs in the wood stove when I was a kid...wore out many pairs of gloves stuffing them into buckets and hauling them into the basement. We used them to start the fire....I remember they burned hot! We also used them in a tank heater in the stock tank.

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01-12-2013 13:01:30

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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Eldon (WA), 01-12-2013 10:38:26  
My guess,honestly. It's never been done because there's never been a government grant to do it. Not high tech enough to "create thousands of new jobs".

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