Miscanthus harvest report: From extreme weather to record bale deliveries

By Alex Robinson 17th June 2018

Miscanthus harvest 2018 has been extreme in many ways, from unrelenting rainfall and a narrowed harvest window, to a record breaking delivery month in May, where we moved just under 14,000 tonnes of Miscanthus, amounting to a whopping 650 deliveries.

It’s been a tough harvest, with many growers having to wait weeks to cut or bale crops due to wet ground and some crop lost due to inability to harvest these areas at all.

With demand high and a delayed harvest, it’s been frustrating to say the least, but that’s the industry we work in and we will always be at the mercy of the weather.

The waterlogged land has been by far the biggest challenge and our contractors have pulled out all the stops to cut and bale the crops in a limited timeframe.

Communication has been crucial this year and our contractors and growers have managed to achieve heavier, drier bales and get their harvest declarations in on time – which is no mean feat!

We have seen massively improved bale weights and a fantastic average moisture content of 11.5% at 613kg (4×4 bales).

The improved bale weights represent a significant shift from previous years and this should mean that we save nearly 100 lorry movements. This year we will have roughly 2100 deliveries into plant, and the quality of the bales is faultless.

This means I’d like to say a massive thanks to our contractors and growers for their patience and tenacity and to our hauliers and operations team for excellent communication and professionalism.

Check out this video to see what we’ve been up to this harvest….