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Dates changed for biomass corn cob collection demos

Because of the late harvest this year, the dates of public demonstrations of corn cob collection for use in biomass burners have been changed.

The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris are sponsoring the demonstrations.

The new demonstrations schedules are:

• Oct. 15 -- 7610 County Road 1 NW, four miles South of Priam.

• Oct. 23 -- 2-1/2 miles West of Highway 59 on County Road 22, Holloway.

• Oct. 27 -- 57002 180th St. Donnelly.

The time of each event will be from 10 a.m. until around 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Both CVEC and the University of Minnesota, Morris have recently commissioned biomass gasification systems to displace natural gas energy in their operations. The organizations see corn cob biomass as perhaps the most economical and sustainable form of biomass in West-Central Minnesota.

CVEC Biomass Coordinator, Gene Fynboh has finalized enrollment for the 5,000 acre collection with cooperative members and he has selected these three sites for the demonstration.

Staff from the WCROC will assist in the demonstrations and will conduct yield analysis and quality monitoring of the collected cobs. Corn cobs from this study will be gasified in both the CVEC system and the new UMM biomass gasifier that was recently commissioned at the UMM campus in Morris. The WCROC will coordinate the creation of a cob collection video and an Outreach packet that will serve as a "how-to" guide to Minnesota corn farmers who want to get in the cob biomass business.