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Controlled pollination of willow

Applying pollen to a female willow catkin in a controlled pollination to breed for improved bioenergy willow
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Larry Smart, Cornell University
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Shrub Willow Canopy

Early budbreak of shrub willow allows it to be close to full canopy cover when corn has not been even planted, capturing more radiation and water for growth, and likely preventing excess runoff in spring. Picture taken at Rockview in 4 April 2017.
Photographer: 
Armen Kemanian
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Miscanthus harvest

Respirable dust is one safety consideration during biomass harvest
Photographer: 
Doug Schaufler, Penn State
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Miscanthus 2 Years Old

Field of Miscanthus giganteus at the end of its second season of growth. Ashtabula County, OH
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Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State Extension
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Miscanthus 1 Year Old

Closeup of Miscanthus giganteus plant after first year of growth. Ashtabula County, OH
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Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State Extension
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Switchgrass Harvest

Fall harvest of Switchgrass in Crawford County PA using disc mower
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Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State Extension
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Miscanthus Harvest in Central Pennsylvania

Miscanthus harvest on farm in Central Pennsylvania
Photographer: 
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.
Photographer: 
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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The CenUSA Legacy

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Monday, July 11, 2016

CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA coordinated agriculture project, was funded to address the challenges of producing biofuel and other products in an environmentally sustainable way that doesn’t interfere with food production or cause adverse land use change.

Over the past five years CenUSA has generated a wealth of information across nine different objectives. This video highlights major accomplishments of each objective in the CenUSA Bioenergy project.

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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Pam Porter, CenUSA, U. of Wisconsin
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This CenUSA video was produced by Pamela Porter, University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; and Don Fleischman, University of Wisconsin Division of Information Technology.

CenUSA Bioenergy 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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