Stover is the leaves and stalks of field crops , such as corn ( maize ), sorghum or soybean, which are commonly left in the field after harvesting the grain . It is similar to straw , the spring left after any cereal grain or grass has been harvested at maturity for its seed. It can be directly grazed by cattle or dried for use as fodder . [1] Stover has attracted some attention to a potential fuel source, and has also produced biomass for fermentation or feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. [2] [3]Stover from various crops can also be used in mushroom compost preparation. [4] [5]

The word ‘stover’ derives from the English legal term ‘ estovers ‘, referring to the right of tenants to cut timber. [6]

See also

  • Corn stover
  • Crop residue


  1. Jump up^ Lardy, Greg; Anderson, Vern. “Alternative Fees for Ruminants” (PDF) . North Dakota State University Extension Service . Retrieved 30 December 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ Matthew L. Wald (July 6, 2011). “US Backs Project to Produce Fuel From Corn Waste” . The New York Times . Retrieved July 7, 2011 . waste parts of corn seedlings, called stover
  3. Jump up^ English, Burton; Menard, Jamey; Ugarte, Daniel De La Torre. Using Corn Stover for Ethanol Production: A Look at the Regional Economic Impacts for Selected Midwestern States (PDF) . Knoxville, TN: Agri-Industry Modeling Analysis Group . Retrieved 30 December 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ Paul Stamets (13 July 2011). Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms . Ten Speed ​​Press. ISBN  978-1-60774-138-1 .
  5. Jump up^ Peter C. Cheung (29 December 2008). Mushrooms as Functional Foods . John Wiley & Sons. ISBN  978-0-470-36819-0 .
  6. Jump up^ Collins English Dictionary, Ninth Edition (2007)