Goals And Objectives. Determine likely environmental harms Determine ways to harvest the land to benefit the wildlife. Determine ways to produce bio fuels without harming land/water/air quality.
Goals And Objectives
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Determine ways to harvest the land to benefit the wildlife.
Determine ways to produce bio fuels without harming land/water/air quality.
Determine the effects that would occur with the change from corn, or agricultural animals to the production of switch grass
Take into affect, the endangered animals that surround the farmland that could be effected by the production of switch grass
Impacts on Grasslands
Provides important habitat for a variety of birds (ground dwelling birds)
Switch grass contains nutrients that enhance soil.
Determine the migratory patterns, with relation to switch grass harvest.
Determine the best times during the season to harvest the switch grass so it does not interfere with the mating times for the birds that inhabit the land.
Some animals that would be effected from the production of switch grass would be widely distributed. Animals such as small mammals, and many varieties of song birds, and game birds.
According to Iowa State Universities Department of Agronomy, Single harvest of switch grass that taken four to six weeks or more after its above-ground growth, is killed by frost, and removes less nutrients and reduces fertility needs.
Impacts to water
Determine waterways, creeks, and rivers that would be effected
Determine the impact on different species that inhabit the local water ways.
As animals graze forages, they alter the vegetative cover and soil physical properties of pastureland. These alterations may decrease infiltrationof water through the soil which, in turn, increases the amount of surface runoff.
The figure on slide 3 of this presentation was attributed by the Chariton Valley Biomass Project, under farm-related local environmental benefits. http://www.iowaswitchgrass.com/benefits~onfarmbenefits.html
The figure found on slide 4 was found on the “Highlights of Agricultural Research; (Runoff, Erosion, And Water Quality Detriment Evaluated In Grazing Studies. www.ag.auburn.edu/.../fall97/runoff.htm