Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy, Central Iowa, and BioCentury Research Farms

Long-Term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS)

Author: Nicholas N. Boersma (Iowa State University)

  • Long-Term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS)

    Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy, Central Iowa, and BioCentury Research Farms

    Long-Term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS)

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Abstract

Research has consistently shown that Miscanthus × giganteus (hereafter, Miscanthus) is among the most productive biomass crop options for the Midwestern US. Although Miscanthus has been shown to be highly productive in its first few growing seasons, some reports have suggested yields may decline over time. Confirming yield decline in a perennial crop such as Miscanthus is challenging, because in most studies, stand-age is confounded with growing season, making it impossible to determine if it is age or the growing season conditions causing yield decline. As Miscanthus adoption and use continues to increase for fuel, fiber, and bioproducts, it is critical to determine stand longevity, as well as whether yield declines may be overcome through management, such as additional nitrogen fertilizer. To address this challenge, the biomass team at Iowa State University established the Long-Term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS) project. This project aims to answer the questions industry and producers are asking regarding best management practices for Miscanthus.

How to Cite:

Boersma, N. N., (2022) “Long-Term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS)”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2021(1), 39–40.

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Published on
01 Jun 2022