38-22 Crop Enterprise and Environmental Budgeting Tool (CE2T) for Biomass Cropping Systems.
Monday, October 23, 2017: 3:15 PM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom B
Perennial herbaceous and woody crops have been shown to be a viable strategy for producing biomass feedstock in support of the emerging bioeconomy. However, production and economic data related to perennial-based biomass cropping systems is limited. What is needed is a coordinated effort to bring together information under a common format to better predict profitability across a range of landscape, soil and market conditions. Other benefits such as carbon sequestration, soil stabilization, and other ecosystem services are typically not part of this process, making it difficult to evaluate the full suite of potential values associated with new or existing biomass production systems. We designed a new web-based decision support tool (CE2T -The Crop Enterprise and Environmental Budgeting Tool) that compares the economics between current management practices and future scenarios. CE2T also provides an environmental report, comparing changes in soil carbon storage and soil erosion between current management practices and future scenarios. Our goal is to provide a broad set of users with an innovative and intuitive decision support tool that can be used to make informed decisions about the economic and environmental value of perennial-based biomass crop production on the landscape. We will provide an overview of CE2T and discuss future directions.