Native Biomass FAQs
Where is switchgrass native?
What soil conditions does switchgrass need to do well?
When do I plant switchgrass?
How is it planted?
It is also important to be conscious of the fact that this new stand may have a life of 15-20 years. Even in no or low tillage methods, care should be taken to smooth out ruts and holes in the field.
Also important in the establishment of a switchgrass stand is weed control, especially in the establishment year. This can be controlled through herbicide application, high mowing, or a combination of the two. It has been our experience that better weed control in the establishment year results in a more successful stand establishment. Even the most successful stands will take approximately three years to fully mature in Pennsylvania.
Do I have to re-plant switchgrass every year?
What is required to manage an established stand of switchgrass?
As long as the biomass is being harvested, it is not necessary to burn the fields.