Friday, April 27, 2007

Increase in Corn Acres Concern for some in Maryland

It is predicted that this years corn acreage will be the largest since 1944. This has raised the eye of some in Maryland concerned about restoration of the Chesepake Bay area.

"Increased demand for corn for ethanol production could drive an increase in acreage planted in corn, which typically requires heavy fertilization with nitrogen, a key bay pollutant," environmental advisers to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reported in January.
This month, The Bay Journal quoted a University of Maryland soil scientist's rough estimate of an additional 15 million pounds a year of nitrogen entering bay waters if 1 million new acres of corn are planted in the 42.5 million-acre watershed.

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