Sweet sorghum as feedstock in great plains corn ethanol plants: The role of biofuel policy

Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Subir Bairagi, Ismail Dweikat

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Abstract

This research examines whether sweet sorghum, a crop considered more drought-tolerant and suitable for semi-arid areas than corn, could result in an economically viable sweet sorghum ethanol pathway in the Great Plains. We find that that if the D5-D6 RIN price spread exceeds the $0.35/gal recently experienced, the benefits of the pathway would be equivalent to about $90/acre of sweet sorghum, or $0.38/gal of ethanol. Because of sparse cultivation potential, only four the six existing plants in the Nebraska-Colorado High Plains area might expect transportation costs to be low enough for economic feasibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Volume43
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • RFS2
  • RIN prices
  • Sweet sorghum syrup

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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