Feasibility of cereal straw for industrial utilization in Minnesota

N. C. Wagner, S. Ramaswamy, U. Tschirner

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A pre-economic feasibility study was undertaken to determine the potential of cereal straw for industrial utilization in Minnesota. Specifically, utilizing straw for pulp and paper manufacture was of interest. The availability of cereal straw fiber supplies at various locations across the state of Minnesota, along with pre-processing issues such as transportation, harvesting, handling, and storage, are discussed and priced. The greatest economic advantage of straw for industrial use appears to be the low cost of the raw material compared to traditional raw materials. This also provides an excellent opportunity for additional income for farmers. The methodology and information provided here should be helpful in evaluating the feasibility of utilizing straw for other industrial purposes in other parts of the world. However, in some Third World countries, long-standing on-farm, traditional uses of cereal straws for fuel, fiber, and animal feed may limit their availability for industrial utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-8
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Alternative Agriculture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Pulp mills
  • Straw availability
  • Straw procurement
  • Straw storage
  • Straw transportation


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