46-21 Over 1000 Gal of Liquid Biofuels per Acre from 4 Different Corn Hybrids on a Gilford Fine Sandy Loam.
Although never reported* into the scientific literature; in 1992 (Deichman et al on Jerry Ash's Crescent City #2 site), we produced enough corn (avg. of 3 reps) from each of 4 commercial Non-GMO corn varieties to produce over 1000 gallons of anhydrous ethanol equivalent alcohol fuels. This doesn't count the extra biofuels that could have been produced if we used the corn oil for biodiesel and fed the high energy protein to ruminants and processed the manure into biogas. While we anticipated this production level from the 3 hybrids that met the solar corridor screening criteria, (1036 - 1182 gallons per acre of anhydrous ethanol per yield tables 9 - 11, U.S. Patent 6052941), we didn't anticipate that the control hybrid, also produced a little over 1000 gal per acre.This paper will detail how the properly developed solar corridor protocol and subsequent crop system enables a very ambitious, skilled and dedicated corn producer to achieve this level of productivity while sustaining soil quality, soil health & their finite soils base. It calls on Co-Author Kremer's soil microbiological expertise to address the soils long term capability and Co-Author Lupo's atmospheric expertise to address the long term sufficiency of the atmospheric carbon source, if 80-90 million US acres were configured to produce in this way, and did produce, at this level.* In part, because thes yields were from only 1 site, only 1 year and only 3 reps.