Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/2/2008
Publication Date: 6/5/2008
Citation: Anderson, W.F., Hubbard, R.K., Strickland, T.C. 2008. Napier grass as a field border and bioenergy source. Proceedings: Joint Annual Meeting of the Georgia Chapters SWCS, ASABE, and IECA, June 5, 2008, Athens, GA.
Interpretive Summary: not required
Technical Abstract: To reduce dependence on foreign oil and on ethanol produced from starch, progress is being made on converting cellulosic feedstocks to ethanol. Napiergrass has been identified to be a high biomass producer and reduce minimal inputs for production. The tall bunch grass is also being tested as a buffer to reduce fertilizer runoff from row crops. Napiergrass has yielded 24 Mg/hectare compared to 12 for switchgrass on field plots in Tifton, GA over the past two years with no inputs. Napiergrass and switchgrass are currently being evaluated as buffer strips on row crop production fields in Berrien county GA.