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A matter of balance: conservation and renewable energy

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/14532
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Abstract:
This paper discusses the different sources of agricultural biomass and the benefits derived from them. Crop biomass can be sustainably harvested for bioenergy. In addition, the benefits of using biomass as a feedstock for ethanol production, gasification, or boiler fuel are analysed. As the biomass industry develops, the benefits of keeping a portion of the biomass on the field must be given proper economic value. Appropriate harvest rates and frequency recommendations need to take into account the crop residue in order to maintain organic matter and limit erosion. The amount of stover that could be harvested annually depends on minimum residue requirements, yield, tillage management, and cropping system.
Author(s):
Johnson, J.M. , Reicosky, D. , Allmaras, R. , Archer, D. , Wilhelm, W.
Note:
Includes references
Source:
Journal of soil and water conservation 2006 Jul-Aug, v. 61, no. 4
Language:
English
Year:
2006
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.