The loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects.
The BioCentury Research Farm combines biomass feedstock production, harvesting, storing, transporting and biorefinery processing into a complete system to develop the next generation of biofuels and biobased products. The farm began in 2009 as the first integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing in the nation.
New Holland Agriculture provides the use of a model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader to be used in research and education projects conducted at the facility. The tractors will be replaced with similar models when they reach 200 hours of operation.
A New Holland baler also was provided for a corn stover research project conducted by Matt Darr, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering. The company provided the baler and funding to evaluate its use in baling corn stover for supplying to cellulosic ethanol plants.