Start Date

4-12-2013 12:00 AM

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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is native to every U.S. state east of the Rocky Mountains, is the most advanced herbaceous perennial bioenergy feedstock, and best management practices (BMPs) have been developed for bioenergy production in most agro-ecoregions. Additionally, big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) are native perennial warm-season grasses and are promising bioenergy feedstocks, especially when planted in low-diversity mixtures. BMPs have been developed for big bluestem, indiangrass, and sideoats grama specifically for the Great Plains and Midwest. Perennial grasses likely will be grown on cropland that is marginally productive for row crops, similar to land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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Dec 4th, 12:00 AM

Establishing and managing perennial grasses for bioenergy

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is native to every U.S. state east of the Rocky Mountains, is the most advanced herbaceous perennial bioenergy feedstock, and best management practices (BMPs) have been developed for bioenergy production in most agro-ecoregions. Additionally, big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) are native perennial warm-season grasses and are promising bioenergy feedstocks, especially when planted in low-diversity mixtures. BMPs have been developed for big bluestem, indiangrass, and sideoats grama specifically for the Great Plains and Midwest. Perennial grasses likely will be grown on cropland that is marginally productive for row crops, similar to land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).