Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sorghum to be Used for Ethanol in South Dakota

Chicago-based ag products company Chromatin, Inc. has announced an agreement with ethanol producer POET, LLC to use sorghum grown in South Dakota in the production of ethanol. Chromatin said the agreement covers up to 4,400 acres of sorghum grain that will be grown in South Dakota.  It will be used in POET’s Chancellor plant, which is located about 20 miles southwest of POET’s headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD.  Chancellor is POET’s largest plant and utilizes about 35 million bushels of corn to produce 110 million gallons of ethanol annually.
Chromatin said South Dakota growers are attracted to sorghum as a grain source because it is easy to grow, has low fertilizer and water needs and is tolerant to both heat and drought conditions.  In addition, the residue from the harvest of sorghum grain can be used as high quality animal feed.  
According to Chromatin, ethanol plants like those owned by POET can realize the benefits of alternative crops to reduce feedstock costs, to improve their carbon footprint and to source feedstock from locally grown energy-efficient crops. Sorghum grown in South Dakota has proven to be cost effective and energy efficient, the company added.
Source: Chromatin press release

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