GLBRC BIOFUEL CROPPING SYSTEM EXPERIMENT (BCSE)

Current GLBRC MI Intensive Map

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Biofuel Cropping System Experiment (BCSE) was established in 2008 on the KBS GLBRC Intensive field site. Eight different cropping systems are in a randomized complete block design (5 replicate blocs of 30 x 40m plots) that include, in order of plant diversity, continuous corn, a corn-soybean-canola rotation, switchgrass, miscanthus, hybrid poplar, mixed-species native grasses, successional vegetation, and restored prarie. In 2012 the corn-soybean-canola system was removed and replaced by a continuous corn + cover crop system and a corn-soybean + cover crop system with two entry points. Split plots include stover removal (continuous corn only) and nitrogen treatment. A sister experiment in Arlington WI has the same experimental design.

Download a Printable PDF of the Biofuel Cropping System Experiment Layout
Download a pdf of species names for the native grass and prairie treatments

Download a map of the reserve plots and additional experiments on the intensive site