Marty Schmer
FYH 251
Lincoln, NE 68583-0937



Marty R. Schmer

USDA-ARS Research Agronomist and Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area of Expertise:

B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000

Research Interests

Site specific crop management, sustainable cropping systems, cellulosic biofuels, life-cycle analysis


  • Liebig, M.A., H.A. Johnson, D.W. Archer, J.R. Hendrickson, K.A. Nichols, M.R. Schmer, D.L. Tanaka. 2013. Cover Crop Chart: An intuitive educational resource for extension professionals. J. Extension. 51:1-5.
  • Hendrickson, J.R., M.R. Schmer, M.A. Sanderson. 2013. Water use efficiency by switchgrass compared to a native grass or a native grass alfalfa mixture. BioEnergy Res. 6:746-754.
  • Sanderson, M.A., D. Archer, J.R. Hendrickson, S.L. Kronberg, M.A. Liebig, K. Nichols, M.R. Schmer, D.L. Tanaka, and J. Aguilar. 2013. Diversification and ecosystem services for conservation agriculture: Outcomes from pastures and integrated crop-livestock systems. Renew. Agric. Food Sys. 28:129-144.
  • Schmer, M.R., M.A. Liebig, J.R. Hendrickson, D.L. Tanaka and R. Phillips. 2012. Growing season greenhouse gas flux from switchgrass in the northern Great Plains. Biomass Bioenergy. 45:315-319.
  • Schmer, M.R., Q. Xue, and J.R. Hendrickson. 2012. Salinity effects on perennial, warm-season (C4) grass germination adapted to the Northern Great Plains. Can. J. of Plant Sci. 92:873-881.
  • Schmer, M.R., J.A. Hanson, and H.A. Johnson. 2012. Switchgrass and intermediate wheatgrass aboveground and belowground response to nitrogen and calcium. J. Plant Nutrition. 35:1065-1079.
  • Schmer, M.R. K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell, B.S. Dien, H.G. Jung, and M.D. Casler. 2012. Temporal and spatial variation in switchgrass biomass composition and theoretical ethanol yield. Agronomy Journal. 104:54-64.
  • Schmer, M.R., M.A. Liebig, K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell. 2011. Field-scale soil property changes under switchgrass managed for bioenergy. GCB Bioenergy 3:439-448
  • Feng, S., F. Salvagiotti, M.R. Schmer, A.B. Wingeyer, and A. Weiss. 2010. Evaluating a hybrid soil temperature model in a corn-soybean agroecosystem and a tallgrass prairie in the Great Plains. Great Plains Research. 20:249-260.
  • Schmer, M.R., R.B. Mitchell, K.P. Vogel, W.H. Schacht, D.B. Marx. 2010. Efficient methods of estimating switchgrass biomass supplies. Bioenergy Res. 3: 243-250. Schmer, M.R., R.B. Mitchell, K.P. Vogel, W.H. Schacht, D.B. Marx. 2010. Spatial and temporal effects on switchgrass stands and yield in the Great Plains. Bioenergy Res. 3:159-171.
  • Kiniry, J.R., M.R. Schmer, K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell. 2008. Switchgrass biomass simulation at diverse sites in the Northern Great Plains. Bioenerg. Res. 1:259-264.
  • Liebig, M.A., M.R. Schmer, K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell. 2008. Soil carbon storage by switchgrass grown for bioenergy. Bioenerg. Res. 1:215-222.
  • Schmer, M.R., K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell, R.K. Perrin. 2008. Net energy of cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass. Proc. Nat. Acad. of Sci. USA 105:464-469.
  • Perrin, R.K., K.P. Vogel, M.R. Schmer, R.B. Mitchell. 2008. Farm-scale production cost of switchgrass for biomass. Bioenerg. Res. 1:91-97.
  • Schmer, M.R., K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell, L.E. Moser, K.M. Eskridge, R.K. Perrin. 2006. Establishment stand thresholds for switchgrass grown as a bioenergy crop. Crop Sci. 46:157-161.
  • Vogel, K.P., M.R. Schmer, R.B. Mitchell. 2005. Plant adaptation regions: Ecological and climatic classification of plant materials. Range Ecol. Manage. 58:315-319.