The promise – and the challenge – of Perennial Commodity Crops

Researchers are exploring how to get predictable, year-after-year yields from one-time planting of crops. But, while some farmers are experimenting with varieties such as switchgrass, miscanthus or wheatgrass, or eying the market for biomass and wood pellets, they remain skeptical about their viability


In the DuPont Pioneer Georgetown lab, rows of narrow tables are topped with genetic equipment that could just as easily be found in a police forensics lab. This $2 million facility, though, is mostly used to detect canola molecular markers.

Better Farming - October 2012