Energy Beets Show Promise
(Dakota Farmer) New biofuel crop looks good in 2010 trials.
An organization called Green Vision Group is investigating whether biofuel can made from beets. It and the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, Syngenta and Beta Seed recently held tour of energy beet plots in Oakes, Hannaford, Carrington and Turtle Lake, N.D.
The beets looked impressive, says Cole Gustafson, NDSU biofuels economist.
“At Carrington, one beet was nearly 2 feet long and weighed 10 pounds. The representatives from each of the seed companies estimated current yields to be 20 to 25 tons per acre. Since energy beets typically add 2 tons per week until harvest, the yields in these trials should approach 30 to 35 tons per acre,” he says. READ MORE