Location: Forage Seed and Cereal Research
Project Number: 5358-21410-002-00
Start Date: Mar 13, 2004
End Date: Mar 12, 2009
The impacts of grass seed and other agricultural systems on water quality and economic sustainability over a range of Pacific Northwest environmental conditions will be determined. Emphasis is placed on how agricultural practices such as disturbance and residue management and conservation technologies including direct seeding, buffer strips, and riparian areas affect soil chemical and biological components that can impact surface and groundwater quality and wildlife habitat. The value of crop residues and native grasses in riparian areas and buffer strips will be assessed as dual-use biofuel feedstocks. This research will provide information to assist farmers, land use planners, policy makers, and public interest groups in making science-based decisions that enhance natural resource quality and sustain farm economic viability. The research addresses components of National Program Area 207, Integrated Agricultural Systems and NP 307, Bioenergy and Energy Alternatives. Replacement for 5358-21410-001-00D. (Exp 1/04).