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Norfolk farm tour will explore the benefits of miscanthus energy crops

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:08 04 November 2019

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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