Location: Grain, Forage & Bioenergy Research
Project Number: 5440-21000-030-08
Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2014
Feedstock development work will be conducted by ARS-Lincoln (K. Vogel) and ARS-Madison (M. Casler). Breeding work at Lincoln will develop improved grasses and legumes for the central latitudes of the USA while Madison will develop improved grasses for the northern latitudes. Current work on switchgrass for biomass energy and forage breeding of big bluestem, indiangrass, and native legume will be expanded to include breeding for biomass energy. Sorghum will be used as a model species to test effect of changes in biomass quality on pyrolysis yields. Feedstock production work (R. Mitchell) will have system analyses trials in which large plots (about 0.5 hectare) will be used to obtain sustainability information including C sequestration, greenhouse gas, economic, and system productivity information. Factor analysis trials will have small plot studies that will be used to address specific problem areas such as fertilizer rates, harvest dates, herbicides, and other management variables.