28 Oct 2016 4:19 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)


  • Switchgrass is one of many “energy crops”—plants that can be grown specifically to be harvested and converted into biofuel at a biorefinery.
  • Switchgrass thrives in many different soil types and land conditions, reduces soil erosion, is good at fixing nitrogen into the soil, and can grow with less water, fertilizers, and pesticides than many crops.
  • Planting switchgrass on the margins of croplands reduces soil erosion compared to annual row crops.
  • Switchgrass has a higher tolerance to droughts and floods because its deep roots require less water.

Growers can spend less on pesticides because switchgrass has fewer pests. Switchgrass is also very good at fixing nitrogen in the soil, which improves soil fertility. 

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