Bioenergy Cropping Systems on Marginal Land

Bioenergy Cropping Systems on Marginal Land

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Field trials were conducted in 2007 and 2008 to evaluate the efficacy of identified potential bioenergy crops production on marginal land sites. Treatments of crop including corn (Zea mays ssp. mays), soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.), canola (Brassica napus L. var. napus), sunflower (Helianthus annuus), and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) were evaluated to determine the highest yielding crop which would produce the most fuel specific to each selected location. Sites selected for the study included a remediated brownfield site (ROSE), two northern marginal sites (LC and UP), and a traditionally cropped site in Ingham County (MSU). Yield of soybean, sunflower, canola, and switchgrass differed between locations; however the traditionally cropped site did not consistently provide higher yields. Measured soil characteristics of fertility did not predict yield returns. Ethanol produced from corn grain was significant (pAt UP in 2007 and 2008, a John Deere 7000 no-till vacuum planter was used to plant corn and a Lilliston no-till seed drill (Agco, Duluth, GA) was used to plant canola, soybean and switchgrass. Herbicide labels were followed for application anbsp;...

Title:Bioenergy Cropping Systems on Marginal Land
Author:Stephanie Lyn Smith
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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