The 320-acre Energy Farm on the Urbana-Champaign campus’ South Farms
In their search for alternative energy resources, researchers at the University of Illinois have access to this gigantic “living laboratory”
Modern tractors ranging from 210HP to 45HP including John Deere(JD) models 7930, 6150R, 6430, 5525, 5225. Precision monitoring and control systems including RTK GPS (sub inch precision) and autosteer capabilities on the larger tractors.
Planters including 6 row JD for row crops, Great Plains 5’ seed drill with operator station for planting individual plots, 6’ Trillion seeder.
Mowing and baling equipment for biomass:
New Holland H8080 self-propelled mower conditioner
New Holland BB9080R big square baler with yield mapping capabilities
Necessary tractors for bale handling / transportation
Multiple plot preparation implements including tractor mounted rotary tillers, harrows, and soil levelers.
Forage Chopping and Weighing Systems:
JD 5830 Forage Chopper with 10’ Kemper row independent cutter head
RCI Engineering weigh, sampling, and Near Infrared (NIR) analyzer
Wintersteiger Cibus plot harvester with 4’ Kemper row independent cutter head capably of harvesting smaller biomass plots to weigh and sample plot.
(2) cargo box size (750 ft3) drying ovens
(2) Cart size drying ovens (180 ft3)
(1) shelf drying oven (30 ft3)
(2) Retsch knive mills Model Sm2000
(1) Schulte hammer mill Model W-8-H
(1) Vermeer Chipper with cyclone for woody material collection Model BC600-XL
Various size scales from lab bench to pallet scale weighing