While the use corn to produce ethanol has received much attention lately, another crop is now sprouting into the debate – and that crop is Sorghum. Although not used widely here in the U.S., sorghum is one of the five top cereal crops in the world, and recent breakthroughs in biotechnology make its use for producing ethanol very attractive. According to the Environmental News Service, researchers at Texas A&M have pioneered a strand of sorghum that can approach 20 feet and produce a whopping 2,000 gallons of ethanol per acre – more than four times the current starch-to-ethanol process. With initial sorghum hybrids soon to be made available, there could well be, in the area of energy anyway, big happenings down on the farm.

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