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Research Project: Testing Perennial Grasses for Low-Impact Biomass Production and Persistence in Cold High-Elevation Growing Environments of the Western U.S.

Location: Forage and Range Research

Project Number: 2080-21000-014-21-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2011
End Date: Apr 30, 2016

Objective:
Evaluate seasonal biomass accumulation, persistence, and forage quality of cool-season grasses under different fertilizer treatments at cold high-elevation growing environments in Colorado and Utah.

Approach:
ARS and Flux Farm (Colorado) will jointly plan, design, and implement multi-year field evaluations of cool-season perennial grass species. Emphasis will be placed on low-input management techniques, including reduced water, fertilizer, and fuel requirements. ARS and Flux Farm will jointly prepare and publish assessments of the biomass production potentials and efficiency over different growing environments of the semiarid western U.S., by summarizing literature and results of other ongoing field experiments conducted by the ARS.