The fact sheets, available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/stover, were developed by a corn stover harvest team at Iowa State. The team was formed to address the benefits and constraints of stover harvesting and its sustainable management within Iowa corn production. The Iowa State specialists share the results from several years of research in 21 fact sheets, which were developed with partial funding from the Iowa Energy Center.
According to Kapil Arora, team coordinator, the decision to participate in this industrial supply chain must be evaluated on a field by field basis to ensure stover harvest can be performed sustainably. The publications provide a comprehensive insight for producers into the constraints and the benefits of the industrial scale corn stover harvest process.
Along with the fact sheets, the stover harvest website includes an Ask the Expert function for producers with specific questions. For more information about this or other ISU Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources programs, contact a local county extension office.
Missouri alfalfa management meeting set
Growing alfalfa in the Ozarks to supplement beef and dairy diets will be the subject of a University of Missouri (MU) Extension program and farm tour later, April 22, at the Glenn and Toni Obermann farm near Freistatt, Mo.
Alfalfa establishment and management, variety selection, weed and insect control, hay and haylage harvest techniques will be discussed.
A dinner will be served after the tour. To pre-register and reserve meals, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102 by April 14.
Missouri House Votes to Increase Hauling Limits
The Missouri House of Representatives voted in favor of increasing the hauling limits for livestock and agricultural products across the entire state to 85,500 pounds. The legislation (H.B. 1235), introduced by Representative Denny Hoskins (R-54), is a priority for the Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA).
H.B. 1235 applies the 85,500 pounds weight limitation to any vehicle hauling livestock or agricultural products on Missouri highways. Any business operating a vehicle hauling livestock or agricultural products weighing more than 80,000 pounds must apply to the Department of Transportation yearly for a permit, which will cost $25. Upon renewal of the permit, the applicant must submit to the department a list of roads traveled and the number of miles traveled on each road during the year.
The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.