A Biomass Future for the North American Great Plains: Toward by Norman J. Rosenberg

By Norman J. Rosenberg

The North American nice Plains is an enormous international breadbasket yet its agriculture is under pressure through drought, warmth, harmful winds, soil erosion and declining floor water assets. Biomass construction and processing at the Plains could partly fix a perennial vegetative conceal and create employment possibilities. This publication explores the chance that the ecology and economic system of the Plains area, and related areas, would receive advantages from the advent of perennial biomass crops.

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861–862. , 2004, Water-Level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelopment to 2003 and 2002–2003, US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-078-03, September 2003. NAS (National Academy of Sciences) Water Science and Technology Board, 2002, The Missouri River Ecosystem: Exploring the Prospects for Recovery, National Academies Press,Washington, DC, 188 pp.

Winters are cold and dry; summers are warm to hot. Average annual temperatures range from 14 to 18 C. Frost-free season ranges from 185 to 230 days. Precipitation ranges from 490 to 740 mm, most falling as rain. Vegetation changes from oak savannah on the eastern boundary to tallgrass prairie of bluestem-grama on finer textured soils through most of the region, changing to sandsage-bluestem on the coarser textures soils near the province’s western edge. • The Southwest Plateau and Plains Dry Steppe and Shrub Province (#315) covers much of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

6 ft) (Table 2-3). In South Dakota water level rose slightly during that period. 6 m (35 ft) (Figure 2-8). More than a “mind-boggling” 290 km3 (or 235 million acre feet) 30 Chapter 2 Table 2-2. Drainage area and average discharge of Great Plains rivers at various points along their courses (Jordan 2004, p. 862) Gauging station name Missouri River at St. Joseph, Missouri Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota Missouri River near Culbertson, Montana Platte River at Louisville, Nebraska Yellowstone River near Sydney, Montana Kansas River at DeSoto, Kansas South Saskatchewan River at St.

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