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Senior Advisor

Sugar cane vs corn

Just a thought about brazilian ethanol made from sugar versus american corn made ethanol. Of course favoring sugar based ethanol as producing much more ethanol per acre. Why can't iowa produce sugar cane or is rainfall inadequate. Would irrigation be required to produce a bumper suger cane crop.

 

I'm wondering if the US can compete in that market with the same ethanol recipe.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Sugar cane vs corn

Sugarcane is a tropical (or maybe subtropical ) plant. Will grow in extreme south like southern LA, MS, TX etc. I think we could be making ethanol from it. Same with sugar beets. I have no idea what potential gallons per acre would be from either crop
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Re: Sugar cane vs corn

Sugar cane is a year and a half to two year deal. It will take considerably more global warming to raise it in Iowa. Kind of a water hog too.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Sugar cane vs corn

I know my aunt and uncle had a sorghum plant in Wisconsin some 60 years ago.

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Re: Sugar cane vs corn

I was trying to remember the differences between sugar cane and sorghum.
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Senior Advisor

Re: Sugar cane vs corn

http://www.praj.net/media/sweetsorghum.pdf

 

Evidently Sorghum cane has some advantages over cane sugar for ethanol production. less water and fertilizer required.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Sugar cane vs corn

Ok...I'm going to say it....it is more productive
To make erogenous from sugar cane...we
Could make alot it...we have many cane
Fields shut down in the south due to no
Money in surgar..,..but I never did see the
Numbers on the cane.
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