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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Resource Assessment Framework for Dependable Feedstock Supply to Produce Advanced Biofuels in Hawaii and Western United States (2013) Project Number: 5310-61000-016-12
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
Identify marginally productive, salt-affected agricultural lands within the San Joaquin Valley that provide the highest potential for HRJ feedstock production.

Approach:
The project has a four phase approach. Phase 1: initial land assessment with overlay approach using SSURGO data layers. Phase 2: ECa-directed soil sampling for (a) ground truth of Phase 1, (b) detailed site characterization of Phase 3, and (c) calibration of Phase 4; Phase 3: validation of feedstock crop production on marginally productive, salt-affected soils receiving degraded water. Phase 4: incorporation of remote imagery (MODIS) to refine land use assessment map.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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