Research and Demonstration:
The BCRF is located at and works closely with the Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm. Examples of research and demonstration projects at the BCRF include:
Biomass production. Alternative biomass crop species including miscanthus, sorghum and switchgrass are being evaluated. Different biomass cropping systems are being explored, including development of perennial cover crops and management strategies for corn biomass production systems.
Biomass harvest, storage, and transport. Single pass biomass harvesting technologies that separate and gather corn stover and corn grain are being evaluated. Work on biomass densification and corn stover storage techniques continues.
Biomass preparation and processing. Grinding and sizing corn stover and woody biomass is underway. Further testing of pyrolytic processes and high-temperature gas filtration continues. Additional facilities include a thermal gasification system and small-scale fermentation vessels.
Outreach. Many tours of the farm host thousands of visitors. ISU classes also use the facilities.