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  • 20 Sep 2019 8:53 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Farmtario Atricle                                                                                         

    Published: September 19, 2019                                                                

    Livestock, News

    Switchgrass has potential as both dairy cow bedding and feed – especially for dry cows.

    One of its benefits is that it is low in potassium relative to the more commonly used wheat straw.


  • 04 Sep 2019 4:14 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    ON Farmer - Switchgrass looking more and more like the new alfalfa

    Published in August 27, 2019 Issue of ON Farmer

  • 05 Mar 2019 2:56 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Over five million acres of marginal agricultural land in the Northeast USA are no longer in use and have great opportunities for grass biomass production, although environmental or other supplemental compensation may be required for profitable production on low-yielding marginal land. Warm season grasses are considered a viable herbaceous second generation biofuel feedstock but are better suited to marginally productive cropland Future selection through breeding should have a significant focus on low-input types of environments. Read more...

  • 05 Mar 2019 2:52 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Feb. 12, 2019 - The federal government is investing up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research cluster will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million Read article in Canadian Biomass Magazine

  • 09 May 2018 11:30 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Switchgrass Head Smut project approved. Dr. Katerina Jordan, U of Guelphis the Principal Investigator for this project.

    Assessment and Integrated Management of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) headsmut in Ontario" has been approved for support through the OMAFRA - U of G Research Program. 2018-2021.

  • 28 Apr 2018 2:17 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Read ON Farmer Article on Switchgrass Supply Falling Short of Growing Demand

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  • 23 Jan 2018 11:08 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    We just released our latest video "Switchgrass a Promising New Bedding for Dairy Cows".

    The video demonstrates benefits of chopped switchgrass straw for the dairy farming sector. 


  • 31 Oct 2017 2:08 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Volunteers and students fine tune their natural construction knowledge while helping general contractor and designer Henry Wiersma build a passive house. 

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  • 31 Oct 2017 1:51 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    A research project financed in part by Dairy Farmers of Canada and its partners under the Organic Science Cluster investigated sustainable alternative sources of bedding for dairy cows. The research team led by Dr. Renée Bergeron (University of Guelph), and collaborators the University of Guelph (Dr. Trevor De Vries), Université Laval (Dr. Doris Pellerin, Dr. Anne Vanasse, Anick Raby) and McGill University (Dr. Elsa Vasseur, Dr. Philippe Séguin, Tania Wolfe) found that switchgrass is a promising alternative to wheat straw as bedding material for dairy cows. They discovered that cows preferred switchgrass over the straw and there were no negative effects on cow comfort, cleanliness and teat end contamination. Switchgrass may also be a more economically advantageous choice for some dairy farmers.

    Click here to read the article.

  • 13 Sep 2017 1:24 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Science Daily - Could switchgrass help China's air quality?

    Date: September 5, 2017

    Source:University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental \

    Sciences Summary:Researchers have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists.  


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