Evaluate CRP Land Potential for Biomass Feedstock Production

There have been concerns from environmental groups about possible impact these minimally managed Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ecosystems have on the natural habitat for birds and other organisms acclimated to the land. Timing and management of biomass harvest so as to avoid the nesting and breeding seasons of the wildlife in these areas or provide a continued habitat would be beneficial. This can be achieved by strip harvesting or staggering the harvest. In this study, the research team proposes two harvest timings: one at peak standing crop and the other after frost kill. These harvest times would be useful to monitor the changes in the native habitat during the five year period of the project. There is an urgent need to train scientists who can scientifically manage CRP lands for bioenergy feedstock production. As the project evolves, a graduate and undergraduate student will help. These future scientists will gain a better understanding and practical training based on sound scientific principles for biomass production on CRP lands. The site location will be made as accessible and visible as possible so the producers and other visitors can evaluate the productivity and sustainability of these biomass production systems on CRP lands in Oklahoma. The site will also be used for demonstration to students in the Bioenergy Crop Production course that Dr. Kakani will teach in 2009.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Advanced Research, Biobased Research


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Principal Investigators:

    Kakani, Gopal

  • Start Date: 20070701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090930

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01577456
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2015 10:13AM