2010 outlook for forest biomass availability in Minnesota

The growing interest and investment in forest biomass for energy production in Minnesota has created the need for accurate estimates of supply. This study, conducted by researchers at the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota estimates the total physical supply of residual forest biomass in Minnesota using a spreadsheet based Forest Age Class Change Simulator (FACCS) to […]

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March 2010 biobaler demonstrations in Floodwood and Grand Rapids MN

In March 2010 there will be two demonstrations of biobaler biomass harvesting equipment: March 12, 2010 from 10am-2pm northeast of Floodwood: Sponsored by  Laurentian Resource Conservation & Development.  Click to download the detailed brochure. Registration is required.  To register or for more information, contact Laurentian RC&D at (218) 720-5225 or paul.sandstrom@mn.usda.gov. March 15, 2010 from 11am-2pm near Grand Rapids: Minnesota […]

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October 2009 Woody Biomass Forage Harvester Demo

Update October 19: This event has been rescheduled from October 21 to October 28, 2009.  The text below reflects the change. The University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) will be hosting a New Holland FR9000 Forage Harvester with an 130FB Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) Woody Crop Header on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  When […]

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Woody biomass: Sept. 2009 bio-baler demonstrations

I received the following announcement from Dean Current, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, today.  It may be of interest to loggers, natural resource professionals, and some woodland owners considering woody biomass harvest options.  -ed. Update: these demonstrations have passed. A nice KEYC TV news story with video of the harvester is here.  We’re working on a video from […]

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Silvopasture

According to the National Range and Pasture Management Handbook, 60 million acres of private forestland are grazed in the United States (Butler, et al. 1997). For years the conventional wisdom among foresters has been that you need to keep the cattle out of the woods if you want to raise high quality trees for timber production. There’s no question that […]

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Windbreaks and living snow fences

Windbreaks are barriers used to reduce and redirect wind. They usually consist of trees and shrubs, but may also be perennial or annual crops and grasses, fences, or other materials. The reduction in wind speed behind a windbreak modifies the environmental conditions or microclimate in the sheltered zone. As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the […]

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Alley Cropping

Definition Alley cropping is the planting of trees or shrubs in two or more sets of single or multiple rows with agronomic, horticultural, or forage crops cultivated in the alleys between the rows of woody plants. Purpose Alley cropping is used to enhance or diversify farm products, reduce surface water runoff and erosion, improve utilization of nutrients, reduce wind erosion, […]

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Renewable Energy

Alternative and sustainable energy sources are critically needed for the United States. Currently, fossil fuels provide more than 85% of all the energy consumed in the United States, about two-thirds of our electricity, and nearly all of our transportation fuels. Plant biomass is being promoted to produce electricity, liquid fuels (ethanol and butanol), and heat, but bioenergy currently accounts for […]

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Forest Farming

Most public and private forest lands of North America have been modified to varying degrees from years of human activity. Certain high-value ‘non-timber forest products’ have been over-exploited and are difficult to find. Forest farming practices can be used by private enterprise to grow desirable non-timber forest products on private lands, to supplement family income and to allow biodiversity to […]

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