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From KWQC TV6: BioCentury Farming, May 10, 2016
Iowa State University is working towards a “greener” way of farming with help from the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF). Students there are at the forefront of cutting edge biomass research, in hopes of creating a world with less waste and more profit.
Preparing Red Oak Using a Fully Automated Belt Dryer and Hammermill, April 2016
Preparing red oak using a fully automated belt dryer and hammermill. At the beginning of this single-pass drying process, the red oak chips started at 60% moisture and were dried and milled to 1/8" at 10% moisture.
Switchgrass Harvest, December 2015
Harvesting switchgrass at an Iowa State University research field. Harvesting was completed by members of Emily Heaton’s research team. Heaton is an associate professor in agronomy at Iowa State University and a BioCentury Research Farm affiliate. The switchgrass field is part of the North Central Sun Grant Regional Feedstock Partnership, funded by the Department of Energy and United States Department of Agriculture. Machinery is on loan from New Holland Agriculture.
Stacking Corn Stover Bales, Fall 2015
Corn stover bales were delivered and stacked at the BioCentury Research Farm for storage trials.
Overview of the BioCentury Research Farm
Algal Production Facility
The Algal Production Facility is Iowa State University's first pilot-scale facility equipped to grow substantial amounts of algal biomass for on- and off-campus research projects.
Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, and John Strohl, fermentation facility manager, are running a 1,000-liter corn ethanol fermentation and downstream decanting.
A worker is using the telehandler to stack corn stover bales. The telehandler is used for stacking and weighing square corn stover bales.