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Title: Establishing and Managing Switchgrass

item RENZ, MARK - University Of Wisconsin
item UNDERSANDER, DAN - University Of Wisconsin
item Casler, Michael

Submitted to: University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Website
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/15/2009
Publication Date: 9/18/2009
Citation: Renz, M., Undersander, D., Casler, M.D. 2009. Establishing and Managing Switchgrass. University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Website. Available:

Interpretive Summary: This fact sheet provides detailed instructions on how to establish and manage switchgrass for biomass production. It will be directly useful to farmers who want to establish and manage switchgrass for bioenergy production.

Technical Abstract: Care should be taken in selecting switchgrass varieties, using only those specifically adapted to the region of interest. Good establishment practices include using high quality seed, an appropriate seeding rate, a well-prepared seedbed, cultipacking after planting, and both pre- and post-emergence herbicides for weed control.