Content tagged "ag energy switchgrass"

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L) Stand Establishment: Key Factors for Success

Farm Energy Updated: March 27, 2018

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.Successful establishment is critical to the long-term economic viability of a switchgrass stand. But it is not difficult if...

Resources from NEWBio: The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: February 08, 2018

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of universities, businesses, and governmental...

NEWBio Feedstock Improvement Team Breeds Better Switchgrass and Willow for the Bioeconomy

Farm Energy Updated: January 24, 2018

Breeding new perennial grass varieties of willow and switchgrass with useful bioenergy traits for the Northeast drives NEWBio team.  Perennial crops...

FAQs about Perennial Grass (Switchgrass) Production for Biofuels

Farm Energy Updated: April 18, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More. It’s important to buyers, who rely on predictable quality and quantity of feedstocks. Because feedstocks are hard to...

Research Summary: Biofuel Quality Improved by Delaying Harvest of Perennial Grass

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Research shows how a simple management strategy can decrease nitrogen contaminants in perennial grasses, while also providing additional ecosystem...

Research Summary: What Would it Take to Convince Farmers to Grow Switchgrass for Biomass?

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Researchers delve into the economic incentives that would induce farmers to grow switchgrass for cellulosic biofuel. Funded by AFRI. Learn More.A survey...

Research Summary: Research Finds Strong Genetic Diversity in Switchgrass Gene Pools

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

Genetic diversity in native switchgrass populations will benefit new varieties developed for biofuel production and ecosystem services. Funded by...

Research Summary: Overview of Comparative Injury Risk Between Annual Corn and Perennial Switchgrass Production

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

A probabilistic risk assessment model has been created to compare estimated worker injury risk of corn vs switchgrass production. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

Establishment and Management of Native Warm-Season Grasses for Bioenergy and Forage

Farm Energy Updated: February 10, 2017

This Establishment and Management of Native Warm-Season Grasses for Bioenergy and Forage module is part of the Biomass Energy Training Curriculum, 13 modules...

Research Summary: Switchgrass Hay Utillization as Roughage in Beef Diets

Farm Energy Updated: January 11, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.Switchgrass Hay Could Be a Useful Roughage in Beef Diets While Offering a Market Alternative to Biofuels.Feedlots could use...

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: November 02, 2016

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a native warm-season grass that is a leading biomass crop in the United States. More than 70 years of experience with...

Evaluation of Anthracnose Severity on Switchgrass Cultivars and Accessions

Farm Energy Updated: July 01, 2016

Anthracnose may significantly decrease biomass yield of switchgrass. Research explores tolerance of cultivars to Colletotrichum navitas.  Anthracnose...

Ernst Conservation Seeds Transforms Leftover Biomass into Energy Product

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

Switchgrass biomass left over after seed harvest had little value for Ernst Conservation Seeds until the company began using it to manufacture pellets.Ernst...

Research Summary: Competition For Land Use—Why Would a Rational Producer Grow Switchgrass for Biofuel?

Farm Energy Updated: January 13, 2015

Farmers value the conservation and environmental benefits of switchgrass grown for biofuels but also consider profit, alternative land uses, and public...

The Economics of Switchgrass for Biofuel

Farm Energy Updated: July 17, 2014

The profitable production of switchgrass for biofuel  today depends  primarily on the price of oil, as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Funded...

Control Weeds in Switchgrass (Panicum Virgatum L.) Grown for Biomass

Farm Energy Updated: March 06, 2014

Manage weeds immediately, with mowing and herbicides, when seeding switchgrass grown for biomass. Weed competition is the most common cause of...

Plant Breeders Create New and Better Switchgrass Varieties for Biofuels

Farm Energy Updated: March 04, 2014

Through  innovations such as new hybrids, delayed flowering, and genomics, plant breeders hope to double biomass yields of switchgrass and other bioenergy...

Logistical Challenges to Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) as a Bioenergy Crop

Farm Energy Updated: May 07, 2013

There’s more to producing a crop like switchgrass for bioenergy than just growing it. Harvesting, storing, transporting, and selling perennial grass...

Connect with us

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Pinterest
  • Google+


This is where you can find research-based information from America's land-grant universities enabled by


Latest Tweets


This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.