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Establishing Cottonwood Plantations
University of Arkansas researchers studied the feasibility of developing economically viable agroforest systems for producing cellulosic bioenergy crops that will also enhance water quality and provide wildlife habitat on low productivity agricultural land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. They found that switchgrass and cottonwood cropping systems are suitable for that situation. The quality of the bioenergy feedstock produced by the cottonwood was slightly better than the switchgass.
This fact sheet, developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension, highlights the practices of establishing cottonwood plantations in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
Learn more about the potential for using switchgrass and cottonwood cropping systems as bioenergy feedstock with these additional publications:
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LS09-219, Development of Agroforest Systems for Bioenergy Crop Production and Ecosystem Services in the Lower Mississippi Allluvial Valley
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