Farmers in the Iowa City area who are interested in growing giant Miscanthus as a biomass fuel are invited to attend an informational meeting March 2 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Johnson County.
A new publication, Identifying Miscanthus in Iowa (CROP 3079) released by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides information needed to decipher among three different species of Miscanthus found in Iowa.
A Biomass Crop Production Workshop will look at reasons for increased interest in biomass crops for energy in Iowa. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 19, at the Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City, Iowa.
The Iowa Learning Farms’ June webinar, to be held Wednesday, July 20, at noon, will feature Emily Heaton, who will present “Giant Miscanthus and other perennial energy crops.”
Several groups, including Iowa State University, are evaluating biomass crops that can be used to produce renewable energy feedstocks. They are sponsoring the workshop to help farmers better understand the opportunities to grow and market profitable biomass crops that are adapted to southern Iowa soils and climates.