Producers sought for grass trial

AbitibiBowater, partnering with the Rainy River Soil & Crop Association, the Emo research station, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Rainy River Futures, is looking at conducting an on-farm field trial growing switchgrass and reed canary grass for bio-fuel production for the purpose and use with the local mill’s biomass boiler.
The trial also aims to collect data on the sustainable establishment of those native local grasses within Rainy River District.
The three-year project is looking for 10 agriculture producers with available, prepared acreage to establish and maintain 20-acre plots with reed canary or switch grass (five producers of each) that will be planted this spring.
(To clarify, the plots must be on land that is already worked up).
The trial will compare inputs, costs, yields, quality, and sustainability of these grasses under various agronomic treatments.
An information meeting for interested producers will take place this Wednesday (March 5) at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Morley municipal building.
Information on the project, requirements, protocols for the project, and costs being covered will be presented at the meeting.