Location: Southeast Watershed Research
2011 Annual Report
2. To develop efficient and economical harvesting, field drying, densification and storage methods for the studied crops.
3. To measure carbon sequestration in the soil and plant, soil carbon dynamics, nitrogen cycling including mineralization and N-fixation by legumes and emission of nitrous oxide from different cropping systems.
4. To develop comprehensive life cycle assessment models to quantify the economic and environmental value of the production systems.
USDA scientists met with project leader at Ft. Valley State University, to finalize detailed plans for the project. Perennial biomass crops were established at both Tifton and Ft. Valley sites. Dried, ground plant samples from 2010 perennial grass trials were sent to Co-principal investigator for preliminary conversion analyses. Soil samples for characterization of soil physical properties before conversion to perennial crops were collected at both sites. Sampling of static chambers to estimate greenhouse gas fluxes was initiated at both sites.