marginal lands

Willow trial on reclaimed strip mine land

Screening scrub willow on reclaimed strip mine land.
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Marvin H. Hall
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Protecting switchgrass tansplants from frost

Freshly planted switchgrass seedlings were threatened by a late season frost, so we covered nearly and acre of plants with plastic.
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Marvin H. Hall
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Transplanting switchgrass on relcaimed strip mine site

Research isn't always easy. Here we are transplanting switchgrass seedlings into reclaimed strip mine land in central Pennsylvania. This research involved nearly 150 switchgrass germplasms we were screening for production potential in these less than ideal soils.
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Marvin Hall
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Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Production of biomass crops such as perennial grasses, willow, or poplar are often considered for so called marginal lands. These may be lands that have difficulty producing a conventional crop because they may have steep terrain, heavy soil, or poor drainage. This production highlights safety concerns that should be taken into consideration if a grower is considering biomass production on these marginal lands.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Doug Schaufler, Penn State University
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Penn State University Extension.

This video was produced as part of the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium. NEWBio is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Switchgrass Economics in the North Central Region of the USA (Captioned)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dr. Richard Perrin, professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Agricultural Economics Department and a CenUSA Bioenergy researcher presents information about switchgrass production costs, potential markets, and market values for switchgrass biomass. Dr. Perrin also discusses potential break even values for corn and switchgrass production on marginal land. This CenUSA webinar was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Richard Perrin, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Acknowledgments: 

Richard Perrin, University of Nebraska Lincoln Agricultural Economics Department

This CenUSA webinar was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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2012 CenUSA Bioenergy Overview

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Learn about Cenusa Bioenergy's vision of sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy derived from perennial grasses grown on marginal land in the Central USA.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
CenUSA Bioenergy
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The CenUSA Bioenergy project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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