For starters, consider the harvesting of corn stover, which in many areas of the country can increase corn yields for the following year. Also, perennial grasses such as miscanthus and switchgrass can be grown on marginal land, require little in the way of inputs, and offer a number of environmental benefits, such as helping to filter runoff and prevent erosion.
Now farmers and the biofuels industry are looking ahead at increased production of all things biomass, including the crops mentioned above, as well as energy sorghum, woody biomass and more. New processes and technologies are in development to help make the biomass more efficient and profitable for the farmer.
For more information on promise of biomass crops and biomass solutions from AGCO, see http://blog.agcocorp.com/technology/.