Miscanthus is a towering perennial grass that has the potential to be an important player in Iowa agriculture. Emily Heaton, ISU assistant professor of agronomy, and Nicholas Boersma, ISU assistant scientist in agronomy, recently published a paper highlighting the performance of Miscanthus x giganteus as a source of biomass for energy and a tool for protecting soil health.
For more information about Heaton’s work with miscanthus read the article “ISU agronomist says miscanthus would yield more biomass than originally thought in Iowa soil.”
Visit the website University of Iowa’s Miscanthus Pilot Project for more information.
To learn more about miscanthus, attend our upcoming field day:
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 5:30-7:30 pm
3590 Highway 1 SW, Iowa City. The site is a half-mile west of Menards.
Bio-Renewables Field Day at the University of Iowa (UI) Miscanthus test plot
Join landowner Dan Black and ISU assistant professor of agronomy Emily Heaton at this field day as they discuss the University of Iowa’s Miscanthus Pilot Project. The project is exploring the use of this grass as a biofuel on the UI campus. Ben Anderson, with the UI Power Plant, will explain how miscanthus is being used in their solid fuel boilers. Enjoy a meal prepared by the Johnson County Cattlemen.