Industry needs to step up to help farmers to meet the environmental issues that are going to become more of a concern instead of going away. Regulatory oversight appears to be increasing, and the general public is blaming farmers for polluting the environment—soil erosion, nitrate water pollution and more.
One of the ideas of using a perennial cover crop has to do with the potential for allowing a high level of corn stover to be harvested for cellulosic ethanol while helping soil quality and still limiting soil erosion.
Moore suggests that seed companies need to invest in developing hybrids, other crop varieties and cover crops specifically for perennial cover crop systems. “I think the onus is on the industry, the seed industry in particular to make this system practical. It answers a lot of problems. The environmental issues keep coming up and up; they are real problems for the industry that need to be addressed in some way, and this is one way. It might not be the only or best way, but it is a way they should take a look at.”