Ernst Conservation Seeds


Native Biomass

Ernst Conservation Seeds is one of the largest and most experienced switchgrass seed producers in the world. We have more than 20 years experience in establishing, managing, and harvesting switchgrass seed and biomass. Our expanded processing, treating, and storage facilities, coupled with our experience and customer service, allow us to provide the quality products and support your project needs to succeed.

In recent years, this native warm season grass has attracted much attention as a potential source of alternative energy. This is due to the following:

  • Switchgrass is a perennial warm season grass.
  • Switchgrass is able to thrive in marginal conditions.
  • Switchgrass has minimal input requirements.
  • Switchgrass is efficient in converting sunlight into useable biomass.
  • Switchgrass has soil, water, air, and wildlife benefits.

Other native grasses and legumes are often mixed with switchgrass to create a biomass mix that can be more productive than a monoculture of one species; i.e., mixtures of native grasses, such as* big bluestem, indiangrass, coastal panic grass, cordgrass,* and such legumes as showy tick trefoil, wild senna, and partridge pea. A mixture of switchgrass varieties adapted to your area can better thrive with seasonal variations and soil conditions than a single variety.

Ernst Conservation Seeds is actively involved in numerous cooperative efforts with government agencies, universities, and groups in the private sector who are interested in increasing the use of switchgrass biomass in many applications.

Biomass production from switchgrass can vary greatly from one region to another. It is important to select a switchgrass variety that is well suited to the growing conditions of your area. Please contact us, and we will be happy to make recommendations, or refer to our Switchgrass Variety Zone Map.

For more information, please consult the Switchgrass FAQs, any of the other links, or one of our sales specialists at (800) 873-3321.

Native Warm Season Grasses and High Quality Biomass Production

View and download the following PDF to learn more about the use of native, warm season grasses for biomass production.