?????<quoted text> Those studies whereprobably made by the same kind of people who started the glowbull warming hoax, Those farmers in illinois grow 200 bu to the acre without irrigation. Most farmers are excellent stewards of their land. They use the most efficient practices and take very good care of their land. If they didnt they wouldnt be increasing the per acre yelds every year. I personally dont like corn gas. It produces less power thus less fuel economy. Many corn gas plants have closed since the $1.oo per gallon subisidy expired Jan 1 2010. But to say that going to sugar beets will be better for the land and cheaper to produce is a myth. It belies common sense. I doubt that there are any significant differences in the overall cost of production.
That doesn't make sense. The hoaxers are more likely to support ethanol. Why would they support studies that are negative to it?
As for water, the Renewable Fuels Association admits corn/ethanol production uses large amounts of water and that the industry is trying to reduce it's usage.
Regarding your comments about irrigation, the need apparently varies by region.
"In some states, such as Ohio, Iowa, and Kentucky, where corn can grow with little to no irrigation, only five to seven liters of water are required to turn the foodstuff into fuel. Almost all of this water is used to boil, ferment, and distill the biofuel. As ethanol production has increased, however, more corn is being grown in western states such as Nebraska, Colorado, and California, where irrigation needs raise the fuel's water requirements significantly.
"This is one more nail in the coffin for ethanol," says David Pimentel of Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, whose own studies have shown that ethanol requires more energy to produce than it releases when burned, and that the fertilizer used to grow corn for ethanol has contributed significantly to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico (areas of the ocean with low oxygen content due to increases in chemicals in the water).
My using this MIT report is just for purposes of showing an example of the studies that are going on. I don't claim to be an expert, but everything I've read backs up the above. I'd be interested in seeing studies that refute any of it.