Biomass yield assessment of five potential energy crops grown in southern Ontario, Canada

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It can be difficult to establish biomass crops in Ontario because of winterkill. Among the biomass crops that were tested, willow and miscanthus appeared to be the most suitable for marginal lands in southern Ontario. Both of these crops grew well without fertilization, but also showed a strong response to fertilization. While poplar did not provide the best return on investment over the long-term, it may be grown in addition to miscanthus to provide an good economic return in the short-term.

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