Department of Economics
The study reported in this publication was undertaken to answer with great confidence the question of how economically feasible fodder beet based alcohol production might be. Specific research objectives addressed in the study were the following:
1. to estimate costs of growing fodder beets under South Dakota conditions.
2. to determine the costs of processing fodder beets in a small-scale plant into 185-190 proof alcohol and a feed byproduct.
3. to determine the likely value of the feed by product (the high-protein feed remaining after the alcohol is removed);
4. to estimate the value of 185-190 proof alcohol; and
5. to combine this cost and return information (“1” through “4”) to determine the probable economic feasibility of small-scale fuel alcohol production using fodder beets.
small ethanol plant production cost, fuel alcohol production cost, beet fodder ethanol production economics
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Dobbs, T. L. and Habash, M. K., "Alcohol Fuel from Fodder beets: Economic Feasibility of a Small Scale Plant" (1986). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 704.