Poet is working with several major equipment manufacturers, especially major combine manufacturers, to give farmers several options for collecting and transporting corn cobs to its ethanol production facilities.

“Corn cobs are a natural raw material for us to focus on due to our leadership position in grain ethanol,” Broin says. “We believe farmers will be able to supply cobs in addition to grain with minimal additional effort. With many companies working on a variety of cellulosic feedstocks, it's difficult to say which will be the first, but we are very focused on corn cobs.”