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Old 10-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post
Very true point on how a field can be burned out on a crop.
Modern farmers are quite aware of the need to rotate crops to avoid depletion of various nutrients.

I wonder how a cycle of [corn/sugar beets/something else] would work. Sugar beets are a good source of directly fermentable sugars, and the waste can be fed to animals or composted back into fertilizer.

There are lots of paths to any given end. It's mainly a matter of getting the government regulators cut out of the loop, and letting the farmers and ethanol producers decide for themselves what is the most economical and profitable route to take.
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