Switchgrass Pilot Program Concluding
by Misty Maynard (Maysville Ledger-Independent) A multi-year pilot project researching the possibility of using switchgrass as a biofuel is drawing to an end, but a new program is seeking to establish 700 more acres of switchgrass and is offering financial assistance to farmers selected for the program.
The Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and University of Kentucky Plant and Soil Science Department established 20 research plots of switchgrass in 2007. Of those 20 plots, 10 plots were in the Buffalo Trace area, two each in Mason, Lewis, Bracken, Robertson and Fleming counties. Each plot was five acres and each acre yielded five to six tons of switchgrass in the final year of the pilot program, said Mason County Extension Agent Tad Campbell. READ MORE