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Using Real-Time Data Systems for Decision Support in Biomass Harvest Supply Chains

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting  1800954.(doi:10.13031/aim.201800954)
Authors:   Keith Webster, Matthew J Darr, Alex Shaw
Keywords:   Bales, Biorefinery, Corn Stover, Moisture Meter, Supply Chain


Managing the different aspects of a biomass harvest supply chain is critical in achieving and maintaining both the quality and economic goals in the supply chain. Integrating data reporting tools into machinery used in the harvest can help individual operators and supply chain managers react to changing conditions throughout the harvest in the feedstock and manage the quality. A review of how these systems were used in a corn stover supply chain in central Iowa over the course of several years was conducted and summarized. This will highlight how tools such as telemetry systems and moisture meters can help manage feedstock quality for cellulosic biorefineries. An analysis of how these systems can support logistical movement of feedstock in the supply chain will also be reviewed.

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