Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
A study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass, which is a perennial plant and used commonly for biofuel, improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. Stephen Anderson, the William A. Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil Science at MU, says that switchgrass may be a good option for farmers who have challenges with growing other crops, provided a good market is available for switchgrass.
Photo: The MU researchers studied plots with varying amounts of topsoil. Each plot included corn, soybeans and switchgrass. They found that switchgrass grew well in areas without topsoil and actually improved the soil in those areas. (credit: University of Missouri) https://adalidda.net/posts/YbojA6e56HuiwovyT/switchgrass-may-be-a-good-option-for-farmers-who-have-lost