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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RESOURCE ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK FOR DEPENDABLE FEEDSTOCK SUPPLY TO PRODUCE ADVANCE BIOFUELS IN HAWAII AND WESTERN UNITED STATES (2012)

Location: Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory

2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
1) Improve current decision making capabilities by building robust data on current practices existing agricultural systems where biomass production could be incorporated (Temple, Parlier, Mandan, Riverside);.
2)Create management plans to optimize yield and stability of feedstock production (Temple, Palier, Mandan;.
3)Optimize biomass stability and yield while minimizing environmental impacts at greater than field scales (Temple, Parlier, Mandan); and.
4)Improve water and air resource management and optimize biomass production for other production areas in the Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Basin, and western United States (Temple, Parlier, Mandan, Hilo).


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Objective 1: Develop spatial and temporal data sets from historic data for baseline analyses. Objective 2: Simulate current management impacts on feedstock yields and resource inputs. Objective 3: Demonstrate applicability of simulation approaches with validated present practices and explore watershed scale impacts of changes. Objective 4: Improve decision support for assessment of resource conditions, and utilize parallel computing and deep hydrology water balance as needed.


3.Progress Report:

Crop management and county-level historical wheat and oilseed crop yield data were assembled for the predominant wheat producing regions of the Western U.S. Initial oilseed parameters for the EPIC/ALMANAC models were collected for use in simulation modeling analysis. These parameters will be updated as related field research progresses. Initial data management plans were developed, and necessary hardware and software were acquired at the National Agricultural Library for the project. Initial plans were made for linking field-scale economic analysis with POLYSYS model scenarios to evaluate large-scale impacts. A roundtable discussion was conducted with stakeholders from the region to identify current and historical oilseed production efforts, existing attitudes and knowledge about biofuel feedstock production, opportunities and pitfalls for expanding biofuel feedstock production, and stakeholder and customer needs to advance oilseed production. This provided background information and contacts needed in conducting farmer adoption analysis, supply chain social networks assessment, and in identifying outreach and extension priorities.


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