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Perennial Grass Decision Tool: Comparing Switchgrass with Alternative Cropland Uses in the Midwest

Presenters: Keri Jacobs and Chad Hart, Iowa State University. Co-Developer: Rob MItchell, USDA-ARS

Perennial warm season grasses for use as bioenergy crops is still a future possibility, yet current opportunities exist to use perennial warm season grasses for erosion control, grazing, or forages.  The CenUSA bioenergy project funded by USDA NIFA has completed extensive analysis on Switchgrass and other perennials to help foster their utility in the corn belt as bioenergy crops on marginal land.  The enonomic and agronomic analysis has led to the creation of an online tool farmers can use to quantify the costs and benefits of growing switchgrass or other perennial warm season grasses.

Find tool and other resources: Estimated Cost of Establishment and Production of β€œLiberty” Switchgrass: Perennial Grass Decision Support Tool - Mainul Hoque, Georgeanne Artz, Chad Hart

Bioenergy Friday Web Seminar Series, hosted by F. John Hay, is sponsored by University of Nebraska Lincoln and eXtension.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


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