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This file photo shows corn cobs collected from a harvested field for use as an energy source to produce heat and steam. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concluded that the presence or absence of post-harvest corn cobs does not significantly affect runoff rates, soil sediment loss or soil fertility. (Tribune file photo)

Corn cob removal not a significant threat to soil conservation


WILLMAR — Researchers have discovered that corn stover, including corn cobs, could become an important raw material used in cellulosic ethanol production. Corn cobs have also proven to be a potential energy source.

By Wes Nelson

USDA Farm Service Agency

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