ADM’s Second Crop™ Process Helps Farmers Get More out of Their Crops

ADM’s Second Crop™ Process Helps Farmers Get More out of Their Crops


DECATUR, Ill., June 10, 2013 – As planting season comes to an end, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) is helping farmers prepare for not just one, but two harvests this fall through its patent-pending Second Crop treatment process, which transforms crop waste into a cost-effective replacement for corn in cattle feed.ADM’s Second Crop process treats stover—the stalks and leaves leftover after corn is harvested—with hydrated lime, creating a second harvest from existing acres. The process can also be used on wheat straw and other fibrous feedstocks. Within a week after the treatment, the stover can be used in cattle feed, replacing up to 20 percent of the corn in the cattle’s diet and offering a cost-effective alternative for ranchers facing high corn prices. Adding protein sources, such as wet or dry distillers grains to the treated stover, allows replacement of up to 70 percent of the corn, depending on the rest of the feed ration.

“This technology offers tremendous benefits up and down the entire agricultural value chain,” said Joe Taets, ADM president, Agricultural Services. “It provides farmers with productive use of the entire plant, not just the kernel, to give them more value from every acre. At the same time, it gives cattle ranchers a nutritious feed source that can help them mitigate higher corn prices and ultimately help keep meat prices lower for consumers.”

Farmers who baled and stored stover after harvest last year can still take advantage of the technology to get even more out of last year’s crop. The Second Crop process is currently available on farms through ADM’s mobile treatment units in southwestern Iowa, northwestern Iowa, central Kansas and eastern Nebraska. ADM is also exploring ways to expand these services further in the future.

“Because stover is left behind after the harvest, turning it into nutritious and palatable cattle feed offers great potential to expand the capacity of the agricultural sector without requiring additional land or crowding out other crops,” Taets said. “ADM’s Second Crop process helps make this technology more accessible to more people so that farmers, ranchers and consumers alike can benefit from even more of the harvest.”

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