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Monday, October 04, 2010

Farmers in Eastern Oregon have started planting high biomass sorghum crops to provide fuel for generating electricity.

Agri Energy Producers Association members will harvest the plants in 20 to 30 days.

Energy crops being grown during this start-up year total 1,500 acres, with 900 being grown in Malheur County and Idaho, and 600 acres are being growing in the Hermiston-Boardman area.

Processing of the sorghum includes separating the juice from the fiber, both of which can be burned to produce electricity. “When you split them apart, you can get more energy,” Lance Wells, association board member said. Also, by-products from the process will be used as fertilizer , Wells said.

Read more at The Argus Observer.

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