Switchgrass Biofuel Workshop, 2010


The 2010 Switchgrass Biofuel Workshop was held December 8, 2010 at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture and Research and Education Center in Prosser. Morning presentations focused on the agronomics and economics of switchgrass production, while the afternoon featured speakers from facilities involved in the research, processing and conversion of the cellulosic biofuel feedstock. Crop insurance options for switchgrass were also explained. Click on a title to see the individual presentations and learn more about this dedicated energy crop..

Switchgrass Agronomics Under Irrigation (pdf)

Steve Fransen, WSU-Prosser

Biomass Production and N Removal by Switchgrass under Irrigation (pdf)

Hal Collins, USDA-ARS; Steve Fransen, WSU; Rick Boydston, USDA-ARS

Managing Weeds in Switchgrass Grown for Biofuel (pdf)

Rick Boydston, USDA-ARS

CBC Research on Biofuel Forage Feedstock (pdf)

Tim Woodward, Columbia Basin College

Economics of Switchgrass Production (pdf)

Kathleen Painter, UI

2010 Costs & Returns for Irrigated Switchgrass Production under Center Pivot Irrigation
Columbia Basin, Washington State (Excel spreadsheet)

Kathleen Painter, UI and Steve Fransen, WSU

Crop Insurance for Switchgrass and other Biofuel Crops in the PNW Region (pdf)

Dave Paul, Director, USDA Risk Management Agency, Spokane

Deploying ZeaChem’s Biorefining Technology in Boardman, Oregon (pdf)

Dean Kegler, ZeaChem

Rapid Compositional Analysis of Feedstocks Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Chemometrics (pdf)

Ed Wolfrum, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Golden, CO

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