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Can I recycle the ash as fertilizer?
Yes. Ash from herbaceous plants, like wood ash, is highly alkaline. It can be used as a liming agent to increase soil pH. It also contains some essential plant nutrients, but would be considered a very weak fertilizer source. It would provide almost no nitrogen.
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Why use grasses as a biofuel?
It takes 70 days to grow a crop of grass pellet fuel.
It takes 70 million years to grow a crop of fossil fuel.
Grass pellets have great potential as a low-tech, small-scale, environmentally-friendly, renewable energy system that can be locally produced, locally processed and locally consumed. As the US focuses on energy security, grass bioenergy is one of the ways that rural communities can move towards energy security.
New York State has about 1.5 million acres of unused or underutilized agricultural land, most of which is already growing grass. Grass biofuel production does not need to divert any of the current agricultural productivity into the energy market; this biomass industry can be completely independent from, but complimentary to, the production of food or animal feed. It is also a very “farmer-friendly” way to get producers exposed to biofuel production.