Crop Residue Assessment Methodology

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    Crop residue can be an attractive energy feedstock if proper care is taken to define how much resource is available, determine how much must remain in the field to control erosion and maintain soil carbon, and estimate the costs of harvesting and transporting the rest. Using crop residue for energy is a volatile issue because of the environmental implications of increasing soil erosion orreducing soil fertility. This methodology will remove some of this uncertainty so a rational and objective resource assessment can be conducted. This work describes a methodology for evaluating crop residue resource potential at a county level. At this level of detail, energy developers should be able to develop sound resource assessments for financing and project design. This methodology isinexpensive and easy to use, and consistent across the United States. This paper describes how researchers should measure the resource, adjust for the environmental demands for crop residue, and calculate the resulting supply and costs of corn and wheat residues. The results for wheat can be used for other small grains.
    Original languageAmerican English
    PagesVol. I: 472-479
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1996
    EventSeventh National Bioenergy Conference - Nashville, Tennessee
    Duration: 15 Sep 199620 Sep 1996


    ConferenceSeventh National Bioenergy Conference
    CityNashville, Tennessee

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-560-21316


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