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Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering

Selected Works

2014

Selected Works

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Opportunities For Energy Crop Production Based On Subfield Scale Distribution Of Profitability, Ian J. Bonner, Kara G. Cafferty, David J. Muth, Mark D. Tomer, David E. James, Sarah A. Porter, Douglas L. Karlen Dec 2013

Opportunities For Energy Crop Production Based On Subfield Scale Distribution Of Profitability, Ian J. Bonner, Kara G. Cafferty, David J. Muth, Mark D. Tomer, David E. James, Sarah A. Porter, Douglas L. Karlen

Douglas L Karlen

Incorporation of dedicated herbaceous energy crops into row crop landscapes is a promising means to supply an expanding biofuel industry while benefiting soil and water quality and increasing biodiversity. Despite these positive traits, energy crops remain largely unaccepted due to concerns over their practicality and cost of implementation. This paper presents a case study for Hardin County, Iowa, to demonstrate how subfield decision making can be used to target candidate areas for conversion to energy crop production. Estimates of variability in row crop production at a subfield level are used to model the economic performance of corn (Zea mays L ...


Grain Drying Systems, Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Poonam Singha Dec 2013

Grain Drying Systems, Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Poonam Singha

POONAM SINGHA

Grain drying begins in the field after the grain is fully mature. The primary objective of grain drying and storage is to manage the temperature and moisture of the air around the grain to minimize grain quality and market value losses while holding the grain for better market opportunities. Maintaining grain quality requires drying the grain to safe moisture content levels after harvest followed by lowering and maintaining the grain temperature within a few degrees of ambient air temperatures. Natural drying exposes the wet grains to sun and wind. Artificial dryers employ high temperature directly or indirectly in both natural ...