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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Advancing Sustainable and Resilient Cropping Systems for the Short Growing Seasons and Cold, Wet Soils of the Upper Midwest

Location: Soil Management Research

Title: Sustainable residue removal for energy production

item Johnson, Jane

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 14, 2010
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Soils are an important natural resource allowing the production of food, feed, fiber and fuel. The growing demand for these services or products requires we protect the soil resource. Many characteristics of high quality soils can be related to the quantity and quality of soil organic matter (organic carbon). Erosion removes the organic matter rich topsoil. As technology advances to use non-grain biomass (crops residues) for energy feedstocks, it is vital to assure that sufficient biomass is returned to the land to control erosion and maintain soil organic matter. Sustainable harvest rates are needed, coupled with cover crop and conservation practices to maintain and improve soil during this era of growing demands. This presentation discusses how linking an array of renewable energy options adds value. In addition, a larger landscape vision that utilizes multiple feedstocks and balances energy and ecological needs will be discussed. [REAP Presentation]

Last Modified: 10/31/2014
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