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Location: Crop Genetics and Breeding Research

Title: Biomass production of herbaceous energy crops in the United States: Field trial results and yield potential maps from the multiyear regional feedstock partnership

Author
item LEE, D - University Of Illinois
item ABERLE, EZRA - North Dakota State University
item ANDERSON, ERIC - University Of Illinois
item Anderson, William - Bill
item BALDWIN, BRIAN - Mississippi State University
item BALTENSPERGER, DAVID - Texas A&M University
item BARRETT, MICHAEL - University Of Kentucky
item BLUMENTHAL, JURG - Texas A&M University
item BONOS, STACY - Rutgers University
item BOUTON, JOE - University Of Georgia
item BRANSBY, DAVID - Auburn University
item BRUMMER, CHARLIE - University Of Georgia
item BURKS, PANE - Chromatin, Inc
item CHEN, CHENGCI - Montana State University
item DALY, CHRISTOPHER - Oregon State University
item EGENOLF, JOSH - University Of Georgia
item FARRIS, RODNEY - Oklahoma State University
item FIKE, JOHN - Virginia Tech
item GAUSSOIN, ROCH - University Of Nebraska
item GILL, JOHN - Agreliant Genetics, Llc
item GRAVOIS, KENNETH - Louisiana State University
item HALBLEIB, MICHAEL - Oregon State University
item Hale, Anna
item HANNA, WAYNE - University Of Georgia
item HARMONEY, KEITH - Kansas State University
item HEATON, EMILY - Iowa State University
item HEINIGER, RON - North Carolina State University
item HOFFMAN, LINDSEY - Rutgers University
item HONG, CHANG - Pusan National University
item KAKANI, GOPAL - Oklahoma State University
item KALLENBACH, ROBERT - University Of Missouri
item MACOON, BISOODAT - Mississippi State University
item MEDLEY, JAMES - Texas A&M Agrilife
item MISSAOUI, ALI - University Of Georgia
item MITCHELL, ROBERT - University Of Nebraska
item MOORE, KEN - Iowa State University
item MORRISON, JESSE - Mississippi State University
item ODVODY, GARY - Texas A&M Agrilife
item OGOSHI, RICHARD - University Of Hawaii
item PARRISH, JIMMY - Mississippi State University
item QUINN, LAUREN - University Of Illinois
item Richard Jr, Edward
item ROONEY, WILLIAM - Texas A&M University
item RUSHING, J. BRETT - Mississippi State University
item SCHNELL, RONNIE - Texas A&M University
item SOUSEK, MATT - University Of Nebraska
item STAGGENBORG, SCOTT - Chromatin, Inc
item Tew, Thomas
item UEHARA, GORO - University Of Hawaii
item VIANDS, DONALD - Cornell University - New York
item VOIGT, THOMAS - University Of Illinois
item WILLIAMS, DAVID - University Of Kentucky
item WILLIAMS, LINDA - University Of Kentucky
item WILSON, LLOYD - Texas A&M Agrilife
item WYCISLO, ANDREW - Waypoint Analytical
item YANG, YUBIN - Texas A&M Agrilife
item OWENS, VANCE - South Dakota State University

Submitted to: Global Change Biology Bioenergy
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/24/2017
Publication Date: 1/15/2018
Citation: Lee, D.K., Aberle, E., Anderson, E.K., Anderson, W.F., Baldwin, B.S., Baltensperger, D., Barrett, M., Blumenthal, J., Bonos, S., Bouton, J., Bransby, D.I., Brummer, C., Burks, P.S., Chen, C., Daly, C., Egenolf, J., Farris, R.L., Fike, J.H., Gaussoin, R., Gill, J.R., Gravois, K., Halbleib, M.D., Hale, A.L., Hanna, W., Harmoney, K., Heaton, E.A., Heiniger, R.W., Hoffman, L., Hong, C.O., Kakani, G., Kallenbach, R., Macoon, B., Medley, J.C., Missaoui, A., Mitchell, R., Moore, K.J., Morrison, J.I., Odvody, G.N., Ogoshi, R., Parrish, J.R., Quinn, L., Richard Jr, E.P., Rooney, W.I., Rushing, J., Schnell, R., Sousek, M., Staggenborg, S.A., Tew, T.L., Uehara, G., Viands, D.R., Voigt, T., Williams, D., Williams, L., Wilson, L.T., Wycislo, A., Yang, Y., Owens, V. 2018. Biomass production of herbaceous energy crops in the United States: Field trial results and yield potential maps from the multiyear regional feedstock partnership. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 10:698-716. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12493.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12493

Interpretive Summary: The US Department of Energy (US DOE) needed to know about the potential yield and use of various grasses for the use as a feedstock for biofuel and bio-based products. The Sun Grant Initiative Regional Feedstock Partnership was initiated in 2008 to help determine this information. This work determined that there are tremendous differences across years and locations for switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane and prairie mixtures. This report will be useful in making decisions about feedstock selection as well as agronomic practices across a wide region of the country.

Technical Abstract: Current knowledge of yield potential and best agronomic management practices for perennial bioenergy grasses is primarily derived from small-scale and short-term studies, yet these studies inform policy at the national scale. In an effort to learn more about how bioenergy grasses perform at the farm scale across multiple locations and years, the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE)/Sun Grant Initiative Regional Feedstock Partnership was initiated in 2008. The work of the Feedstock Partnership expands our previous understanding of the bioenergy potential of switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures in the Conservation Reserve Program land. We now know that the smaller scale studies often overestimated yield potential of some of these species, including switchgrass and Miscanthus. The Feedstock Partnership studies also confirmed that environmental differences across years and across sites had a large impact on biomass production. Nitrogen application had variable effects across feedstocks, but some nitrogen fertilizer generally had a positive effect. This report will be useful in making decisions about feedstock selection as well as agronomic practices across a wide region of the country.