Data for Determining Spatially Varying Profit-Maximizing Management Practices for Miscanthus and Switchgrass Production in the Rainfed United States

  • Na Zhang (Creator)
  • Bijay P. Sharma (Creator)
  • Madhu Khanna (Creator)



The compiled datasets include county-level variables used for simulating miscanthus and switchgrass production in 2287 counties across the rainfed US including 5-year (2012-2016) averaged growing season degree days (GDD), 5-year (2012-2016) averaged growing season cumulative precipitation, National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI) values, regional dummies (only for miscanthus), the regional-level random effect of the yield response function, N price, land cash rent, the first year fixed cost (only for switchgrass), and separate datasets for simulating an alternative model assuming a constant N rate.

The GAMS codes are used to run the simulation to obtain the main results including the age-varying profit-maximizing N rate, biomass yields, and annual profits for miscanthus and switchgrass production across counties in the rainfed US. The STATA codes are used to merge and analyze simulation results and create summary statistics tables and key figures.
Date made availableNov 28 2022
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • Optimal lifespan
  • Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
  • Nitrogen
  • Age
  • Profit maximization
  • Switchgrass
  • Yield
  • Miscanthus
  • Net present value

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