Simulation of biomass yield and soil organic carbon under bioenergy sorghum production. Academic Article uri icon


  • Developing sustainable management practices including appropriate residue removal and nitrogen (N) fertilization for bioenergy sorghum is critical. However, the effects of residue removal and N fertilization associated with bioenergy sorghum production on soil organic carbon (SOC) are less studied compared to other crops. The objective of our research was to assess the impacts of residue removal and N fertilization on biomass yield and SOC under biomass sorghum production. Field measurements were used to calibrate the DNDC model, then verified the model by comparing simulated results with measured results using the field management practices as agronomic inputs. Both residue removal and N fertilization affected bioenergy sorghum yields in some years. The average measured SOC at 0-50 cm across the treatments and the time-frame ranged from 47.5 to 78.7 Mg C ha-1, while the simulated SOC was from 56.3 to 67.3 Mg C ha-1. The high correlation coefficients (0.65 to 0.99) and low root mean square error (3 to 18) between measured and simulated values indicate the DNDC model accurately simulated the effects of residue removal with N fertilization on bioenergy sorghum production and SOC. The model predictions revealed that there is, in the long term, a trend for higher SOC under bioenergy sorghum production regardless of residue management.

published proceedings

  • PLoS One

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Dou, F., Wight, J. P., Wilson, L. T., Storlien, J. O., & Hons, F. M.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Dou, Fugen||Wight, Jason P||Wilson, Lloyd T||Storlien, Joseph O||Hons, Frank M

editor list (cited editors)

  • Sainju, U. M.

publication date

  • December 2014