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Cobs harvested as bioenergy feedstock - Photo provided by USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Trash or Treasure?

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Renewable energy is a hot topic these days and using "trash" from agricultural fields as a way to produce energy is in the news. But as the saying goes "one man's trash is another man's treasure." For some, corn stalks, corn cobs, and other non-grain plant material may seem like trash, while to farmers, soil scientists, and soil conservationists that plant material is treasure just waiting to be turned into soil organic matter (stored carbon).

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