Re: Loads for stock cars

Bob Chaparro

Shipping Corn Cobs

I think some of you who grew up on farms way-back-when know what corn cobs could be used for once the Sears catalogue was exhausted.

But what about shipping corn cobs? For what use?

I found one explanation:

“Corn cobs were once viewed as an important biofuel feedstock early in U.S. history to heat houses, farm buildings, and small businesses. However, with the advent of combines, which left the cob in the field, the use of corn cobs as a biofuel declined dramatically. Corn cobs are used on a limited basis for industrial purposes in the United States for bedding, oil sorbents, polishing agents, and other uses.”

So at one time shipping corn cobs made economic sense.

Bob Chaparro


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