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Norfolk farm tour will explore the benefits of miscanthus energy crops

Norfolk farmer Andrew Bentley with his growing miscanthus crop. Picture: Terravesta.

Norfolk farmer Andrew Bentley with his growing miscanthus crop. Picture: Terravesta.

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Norfolk farmers have been offered a chance to learn more about growing, harvesting and selling miscanthus, to help meet “unprecedented demand” for the energy crop.

Norfolk farmer Andrew Bentley with harvested bales of miscanthus. Picture: Terravesta.Norfolk farmer Andrew Bentley with harvested bales of miscanthus. Picture: Terravesta.

Terravesta, the company behind the crop’s market development, says more growers are exploring this option since the Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant opened in 2017.

A free farm walk is being held at Kerdiston, near Reepham, later this month, hosted by arable farmer and contractor Andrew Bentley, who planted eight hectares of miscanthus on low-lying meadows where cereal crops struggled due to waterlogging and black-grass weeds.

“Miscanthus seemed like a solution, and since planting in 2014, black-grass is no longer a problem and we’ve had three good harvests,” he said.

The farm walk will be co-hosted by Terravesta, which has a 14-year contract with Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant for the annual supply of 25,000 tonnes of the crop.

The free event takes place from 10.30am–2pm on June 19 at Brick Kiln Farm, Kerdiston, Norfolk, NR10 4RR.

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