Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Miscanthus farm walk announced due to popular demand

May 31, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

Following the success of a miscanthus harvest demonstration in Kings Lynn earlier this year, an extra Norfolk event has been announced to feed interest in the crop.

More growers are looking at planting miscanthus since Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant opened in 2017, and those wanting to learn more can attend a free farm walk on 19 June, near Norwich.

The walk is being hosted by arable farmer and contractor Andrew Bentley, who planted 8ha of miscanthus on low lying meadows which, although fertile, had an issue with waterlogging and blackgrass.

“Cereal crops struggled due to the waterlogging, and blackgrass was becoming an issue. Miscanthus seemed like a solution, and since planting in 2014, blackgrass is no longer a problem and we’ve had three good harvests,” says Mr Bentley.

Due to improvements in rhizome (root stock) quality, newly planted crops are being harvested in their second year rather than their third. “The first year we didn’t cut the crop, but in 2016, we had 6 tonnes/ha. In 2017 we harvested 13 tonnes/ha, and this year, 11.5 tonnes/ha.

“We’re a little down in 2018 because harvest has been late due to wet weather, but it’s still a good result, and the yields should increase in future.

“Since Snetterton opened, the bales have been collected quickly, whereas before, they we’re going up to Brigg Renewable Energy Plant in North Lincolnshire and collection took a little longer. Miscanthus is the perfect solution for problem land.”

studiopress

barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online