SEMO Opens New Biofuels Research Field in Sikeston
by Jill Bock (Standard Democrat/Southeast Missourian) …Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture hosted a grand opening ceremony for its Biomass/Biofuels Research and Demonstration Field at Southeast’s Sikeston campus Thursday morning. A $200,000 two-year grant from the Delta Regional Authority, the Missouri Research Corp. and the Missouri Department of Agriculture is funding the effort.
Mark Hitt with the Missouri Department of Agriculture said the demonstration field is critical to the effort to develop biomass/biofuels research.
“This farm and the crops it produces will be vital to the development of the bioworks effort,” Hitt said.
The Sikeston campus’ 10-acre test plot is filled with soybeans and sweet sorghum, which will be harvested this fall. Sweet sorghum is typical of the alternative crops they will research, said Dr. Mike Aide, chairman of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.
…Aide said the Sikeston research plot will also look at miscanthus, switchgrass, sunflowers, canola and sugar beets. READ MORE