Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ceres Publishes Best Practices on Energy Crop Production
October 05, 2010 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. has published two new crop management guides that include the most current recommendations on the establishment, management and harvest of switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum.

Energy grasses, which provide high yields of biomass that can be converted into low-carbon fuels or co-fired for electricity generation, are still relatively new to many growers. Moreover, production and harvest practices continue to evolve as the bioenergy industry takes shape.

Ceres sales director Frank Hardimon says the recommendations in the guides are based on results from the company’s extensive trialing network as well as its involvement in bioenergy projects. “Given our research with both producers and their customers, we often play a project development role in bringing parties together. This is where we learn the most — out in the field under real-world conditions,” he said.

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