A lot to digest

A lot to digest
Anaerobic digesters at Sievers Family Farms generate power and provide 90 percent of the farm’s fertilizer needs.

Bryan Sievers is exploring ways to make cover crops pay beyond their value as a tool to improve water quality and reduce soil loss.

The Scott County Farm Bureau member is working to use cover crops as a bio-energy source. He has chopped and stockpiled 140 acres of winter wheat and will use it as a feed source for his digester that produces methane gas.

The farm’s bio-digester and generator, which became operational in 2013 and is one of three such ...

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