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Bioenergy Cropping Systems Study for Resilient Economic Agricultural Practices in Mandan, North Dakota

posted on 2024-02-13, 14:00 authored by David Archer

Bioenergy Cropping Systems Study for Resilient Economic Agricultural Practices in Mandan, North Dakota

Rigorous economic analyses are crucial for the successful launch of lignocellulosic bioenergy facilities in 2014 and beyond. Our objectives are to (1) introduce readers to a query tool developed to use data downloaded from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) REAPnet for constructing enterprise budgets and (2) demonstrate the use of the query tool with REAPnet data from two field research sites (Ames, IA, and Mandan, ND) for evaluating short-term economic performance of various biofuel feedstock production strategies. Our results for both sites showed that short-term (<3 years) impacts on grain profitability were lower at lower average annual crop residue removal rates. However, it will be important to monitor longer term changes to see if grain profitability declines over time and if biomass harvest degrades soil resources. Analyses for Iowa showed short-term breakeven field-edge biomass prices of $26–$42 Mg−1 among the most efficient strategies, while results for North Dakota showed breakeven prices of $54–$73 Mg−1. We suggest that development of the data query tool is important because it helps illustrate several different soil and crop management strategies that could be used to provide sustainable feedstock supplies.

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Data contact name

Archer, David

Data contact email


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Use limitations

Citation requested if data is used. PUBLIC DOMAIN NOTICE: This database is a "United States Government Work" under the terms of the United States Copyright Act. It was written as part of the author's official duties as a United States Government employee and thus cannot be copyrighted. This software/database is freely available to the public for use. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the U.S. Government have not placed any restriction on its use or reproduction. Although all reasonable efforts have been taken to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the software and data, the ARS and the U.S. Government do not and cannot warrant the performance or results that may be obtained by using this software or data. The ARS and the U.S. Government disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including warranties of performance, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

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  • irregular


  • Not specified

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ISO Topic Category

  • environment
  • farming

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

cropping systems; North Dakota; lignocellulose; Agricultural Research Service; Iowa; economic performance; biofuels; feedstocks; profitability; crop residues; biomass; soil resources; edge effects; prices; soil

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 211
  • 212

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

David Archer (2020). Bioenergy Cropping Systems Study for Resilient Economic Agricultural Practices in Mandan, North Dakota. U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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