Switchgrass and Miscanthus: Economics of Perennial Grasses Grown for Bioenergy
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Cellulosic biomass is among the most promising renewable energy sources being researched and considered in Missouri. Two crops, switchgrass and miscanthus, could partially supply the cellulosic material to make the renewable energy. The purpose of this guide is to help Missouri producers understand the financial rewards and risks of the decision to plant one of these grasses. A producer also needs to weigh growing these perennial grasses against the opportunity of growing other crops or using the land as pasture.