Miscanthus harvest

Respirable dust is one safety consideration during biomass harvest
Doug Schaufler, Penn State
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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

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.


An Overview of Switchgrass Diseases

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Because it is a native species requiring minimal management and has a high potential to sequester carbon, switchgrass has been identified as a potential biofuel species. As for any cultivated crop, diseases, insects, and weeds can be major constraints in switchgrass production. To date, not much research has been done on switchgrass diseases. Therefore, little is known about their etiology, epidemiology and impact on yield. This webinar will give an overview of switchgrass diseases. Among the diseases that will be discussed are Panicum mosaic caused by a virus and rust and leaf spots caused by fungi.

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Author / Producer: 
Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska

Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska 

CenUSA Bioenergy


Safety Markings for Wind Measurement Towers (Meteorological Evaluation Towers MET)

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Safety Markings for Wind Measurement Towers (Meteorological Evaluation Towers MET). MET towers are erected to measure wind speed, direction and duration for siting of large wind turbines. Due to their height of less than 200 ft. they are not required to be lighted. The Federal Aviation Administration FAA has issued guidance on how best to mark them to improve safety of low flying aircraft. Marking includes orange and white paint, orange marker balls on the guy wires, and high visibility sleeves.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
NE Aviation Trades Ass., U of Nebraska-Lincoln Ext

NATA, Nebraska Aviation Trades Association

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension


Producer: Mike Kamm

Project Coordinators: F. John Hay, Alixi Brown, Larry Schulze

Voice over: Jeff Wilkerson

Special Thanks to

  • Brian Wilcox, Wilcox Flying Service
  • Nebraska Aviation Trades Association
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension
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