SUBI Production Challenges

Howard Viator  |  7/1/2014 12:27:22 AM

Sweet sorghum crop
The expected large-scale production of bioenergy crops will significantly impact the abundance of different plant-inhabiting insects and diseases and will require modification of existing pest management programs. Articles in this channel address production challenges producers may experience while growing biofuel feedstock.

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Influence of panicles and leafy material on sweet sorghum juice quality
The objective of this study was to assess juice and fiber components of sweet sorghum processed with and without panicles and leaves intact. This was part of a larger project to evaluate the performance of first generation sweet sorghum hybrids planted from late March to early June on soil and environmental conditions typical of the sub-tropical sugarcane production region of Louisiana. Clean stalk samples, stripped of panicles, leaves and sheaths were compared to trashy stalk samples with panicles, leaves and sheaths intact. Harvesting occurred at the hard dough stage of seed development, approximately 30 days after anthesis.

Managing Insect Pests and Diseases in Multi-Use Landscapes of Bioenergy and Conventional Cropping Systems in the Gulf Coast
The overall goal of this research is to build a landscape-wide pest management program that will mitigate insect pest and disease pressures and damage to energy crops in interaction with conventional crops in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Lab
Soil testing will provide information needed to treat soil so plants will flourish. Tests are conducted on soils, the nutritional status of plants, and irrigation and pond water.

USDA: Web Soil Survey
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local and wider-area planning.

SUBI Environmental Topics
Articles on this page address environmental topics associated with growing crops for use in the biofuels/bioproducts industry.
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