Bioproducts

Production of ethanol from corn, grain sorghum and other crops, has steadily increased year after year, such that by 2012, the USA has 209 plants, located in 29 states, producing 15 billion gallons of ethanol per year.

The federally mandated Renewable Fuels Standard doubles the production to 30 billion gallons over the next eight years. See the chart below.

Which crops will be grown to provide this requirement?

Note the chart indicates that crops, other than corn, will represent the greatest contribution to this increase.

Efforts by members of the SSA intend for sweet sorghum to be one of those crops contributing to this increase.

Most importantly, each Spring, farmers plant a new crop, thus renewing the source of fuel each season.

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Technology

Members of the Sweet Sorghum Association are currently exploring a broad range of technologies.  Both commercial companies and university researchers are making steady progress with their efforts.

Agronomic research and development is being pursued, including plant genetics, fertilization, weed control, disease resistance, insect control and other agronomy aspects.

The agronomic goals are reliable production of sweet sorghum with high yields, high sugar content and at an optimum cost of production.

Machinery for harvesting is primarily determining what modifications are needed for the machinery currently used for harvesting sugarcane, which has similar plant growth.

Some our members are exploring a range of techniques for extracting the juice from the stalk, including juice extraction in the field to reduce the transportation requirements of a bulky crop.

Other members are researching the optimization of the fermentation and distillation processes.

Investors are providing the financial capital to fund the research and develop sweet sorghum for production on land poor suited for crops like corn.

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