"The contest also allows farmers to demonstrate effective crop and soil management capabilities. We hope that regional farmers will share our goal of developing high-producing barley crops as we build the barley market in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic," Stone said.
"Perdue is excited about the opportunity that barley brings to farmers in the region," said John Ade, Perdue AgriBusiness Vice President of Grain Sales and Merchandising. "Adding value to growers' crops and supporting renewable energy is good news for agriculture."
"The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to co-sponsor the Barley Bin Builder Yield Contest in Virginia and assist in the development of farm opportunities in agriculture-based bioenergy," stated Wayne Pryor, President of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. "We look forward to partnering with Osage Bio Energy and in laying the groundwork for barley as a food and fuel cash crop."
Each of Osage Bio Energy's two bio-processing facilities will provide over $100 million in agricultural economic opportunities, offering farmers a consistent and viable market for barley. And, because barley can be double-cropped with soybeans, farmers can also increase soybean yields by choosing barley.
"Double-cropped soybeans planted in late May to early June after the
barley harvest provides a clear timing advantage for soybeans. There's an
expected yield drag with later planted doublecropped soybeans. Being able
to plant soybeans early in June behind barley eliminates or greatly reduces
the yield loss on soybeans while still offering barley as a cash crop. The
barley yield contest will show us the yield potential of barley as a cash
crop. Its potential is especially important since we will have a market
with the Osage Bio Energy project. I think that a lot of farmers will want
to take advantage of barley as a part of their cropping system," said Bryan
|SOURCE Osage Bio Energy LLC|
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