The PF forecast goes on to give us the bad news for the future. Increased corn production, in large part for ethanol fuels, means thousands upon thousands of acres are coming out of CRP, which has been responsible for the pheasant populations of the last fifteen or twenty years. Like it or not, pheasants are basically wildlife on welfare. Government spending on CRP created the boom (as the Soil Bank created the previous boom in the 60s) and without fields of grass, we won't have birds. I can't bring myself to be completely optimistic about the future possibility of cellulose-based fuels made from native grasses, either. My fear is, they will be harvested every year just in time to leave birds without cover for the fall and winter.