Corn Stover Needed for Strong Soil

With a struggling economy, farmers are always looking for a way to make extra money. One way is to sell plant residue left behind from harvested cornfields.
This residue, known as corn stover, is purchased by energy companies to be turned into pellets for coal-fired power plants. The practice can bring in $20 per ton and most farms produce three tons per acre.
However, the University of Nebraska- Lincoln conducted research and found that farmers need the nutrients in the corn stover for good soil structure.
Farmers who sell this residue must replace the nutrients with fertilizer. The amount of money for fertilizer can range from $17 to $46 a ton.
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