by Jacob Duce on 20 October 2016
Over 30 farmers interested in finding out about growing miscanthus attended our farm walk in early October, at Glentworth Village Hall, Lincolnshire.
We hosted growers from all over the UK - from Scotland to the south east - and all those who attended were genuinely interested in growing the crop. We were asked some well-informed questions, showing that the guests had done their research!
Farmers wanted to know about markets, a key concern for anyone thinking about planting a new crop, and we reassured growers that the Terravesta mission is to expand markets, which include heat and power generation - both small and large scale.
The host arable farmer, Ed Green, led a tour of his miscanthus crop, and having cut a path through it to demonstrate the density, the guests could see the crop profile first-hand 'from the inside'. Ed spoke about his miscanthus which is averaging 16 tonnes per hectare, on land that was formerly riddled with blackgrass.
Mike Giffin from AF Biomass spoke about wheat and barley straw contracts for power generation, which complemented the talks from myself and William Cracroft-Eley, Terravesta chairman, on the benefits of growing miscanthus, and supplying Terravesta on long term, index linked contracts to meet the growing demand that is rising locally, due to a long term contract Terravesta has with Brigg Renewable Energy Plant.
The next farm walk will take place on Thursday December 8thand will be hosted by kind permission of Chris Bradley, East Yorkshire arable farmer. The meeting place for the walk will be at Ellerker village hall, Brough, East Yorkshire and we will look at two of Chris' miscanthus crops. The walk is free of charge, and lunch is provided. To book your place click on the orange sash on the Terravesta homepage: www.terravesta.com or contact Jacob Duce: firstname.lastname@example.org 01522 785777.
In the meantime, take a look at our photo gallery from the October farm walk:
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