Miscanthus and switchgrass production in central Illinois: impacts on hydrology and inorganic nitrogen leaching.

  title={Miscanthus and switchgrass production in central Illinois: impacts on hydrology and inorganic nitrogen leaching.},
  author={Gregory F. McIsaac and Mark B. David and Corey A. Mitchell},
  journal={Journal of environmental quality},
  volume={39 5},
Biomass crops are being promoted as environmentally favorable alternatives to fossil fuels or ethanol production from maize (Zea mays L.), particularly across the Corn Belt of the United States. However, there are few if any empirical studies on inorganic N leaching losses from perennial grasses that are harvested on an annual basis, nor has there been empirical evaluation of the hydrologic consequences of perennial cropping systems. Here we report on the results of 4 yr of field measurements… 

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