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UK government provides £3.3 million in funding to Miscanthus upscaling project

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A project to facilitate more planting of the perennial bioenergy crop, Miscanthus, has been awarded over £3.3 million in funding through the second phase of the government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme, to contribute to 2050 net zero targets. Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, has been successful in its bid to secure Phase 2 funding for its OMENZ […]

Miscanthus helps Wiltshire estate boost environmental credentials

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A 1,312-hectare estate near the picturesque town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire has planted 20 hectares of Miscanthus, with plans to grow more, to reduce the farm’s environmental impact and concentrate efforts on growing healthy, high-yielding food crops. Farm manager and NFU student & young farmer ambassador, Mike Wilkins, says Miscanthus has been a great addition […]

Good establishment despite challenging planting season

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Our operations manager, Russell Fraser has been travelling around the UK to ensure new Terravesta Athena™ Miscanthus crops get off to the best possible start. Our growers receive rhizomes, planters and agronomic support and guidance on establishment and this year we have more farmers than ever planting Miscanthus. Russell explains why establishment has been good, […]

Pioneering new research paves the way to Miscanthus yield prediction

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A new study demonstrates the potential of drones with multi-spectral cameras to predict the number of Miscanthus bales that will be harvested from an annual crop. The study is part of a tranche of research and development focused on streamlining Miscanthus processes, in order to upscale planting to meet net-zero targets. Jason Kam, Terravesta R&D […]

Terravesta celebrates a decade in business with a birthday party at Groundswell

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Terravesta celebrated its first decade in business by hosting a birthday party at Groundswell Show. The firm welcomed growers and friends of the business to join them in raising a glass and enjoying some forage harvester cake, with a few words from chairman, William Cracroft-Eley. William gave a short presentation to toast the occasion and said: […]

New agri-tech and sales expert to support more Miscanthus growing

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  Interest in Miscanthus is booming. We’ve had our best harvest year ever due to improved crop performance, more planting and a fantastic growing season. With big ambitions for more planting to help decarbonise our economy, we welcome two experts to the Terravesta team. Philip Greenway is supporting new growers to plant healthy, high-yielding crops, […]

Warwickshire farm host Harry Clark says farmers would be mad not to choose Miscanthus

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Harry Clark and his second-generation farming family took the forward-thinking decision to plant Miscanthus as an important part of their farm’s diversification, to make life a little easier for everyone, while being more gentle on the planet. These Miscanthus fields, which are 190 feet above sea level, will be showcased on a farm walk taking […]

Lincolnshire farm walk explores ideal solution for problem land

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The Elwes Estate in Lincolnshire comprises 1000 hectares and in 2021 the estate took the decision to plant Miscanthus on six fields which were making a loss in the arable rotation. These fields will be showcased on a farm walk taking place on Wednesday 1 June 2022. The event is co-hosted by agricultural consultancy Active […]

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The importance of post-emergence sprays

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Now is a good opportunity to apply post-emergence sprays on your Miscanthus crop, to clean them up and boost yields. During this dry spell, it’s a way to boost yields by reducing water and nutrient competition from weeds at a relatively low cost. Speak to your agronomist to get recommendations for a suitable post-emergence herbicide […]

Celebrating a record-breaking harvest

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We have seen our biggest ever harvest this year. Largely due to improved crop performance from our new performance hybrid Terravesta Athena™ , better planting techniques, more planting and a fantastic growing season, the tonnage figure is 15% up on last year. Terravesta Athena™ produces higher yields in year two of the crop’s 20-year life […]

Miscanthus complimenting regen farm approach showcased in Basingstoke

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Preston Farms near Basingstoke, Reading, has a whole farm approach to sustainability which stems from a long tradition of environmental and conservation measures. Two years ago, the farm introduced 40 hectares of Miscanthus to complement its regenerative farming ambitions. Owned by siblings of the Sainsbury family, the estate is hosting a farm walk with Miscanthus […]

Terravesta Europe established

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With recent plans to phase out dependency on Russian gas, oil and coal by 2027 and an ambitious 10-year environmental programme, that includes phasing out fossil fuels completely by 2030, Europe is planning to supercharge progress towards a low-carbon economy. And a sustainable fossil-fuel alternative which is seeing rapid expansion in Europe – Miscanthus – […]

Picking the brain of a Miscanthus maestro on the need to develop new varieties

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Dr Judith Thornton is a Low Carbon Manager at IBERS, Aberystwyth University and is working with the Miscanthus team. Her main interest is in low carbon, plant-based building materials. She has insulated her house with Miscanthus, and was partly responsible for building the world’s first Miscanthus bale house. Judith has recently been working on a project […]

Unlocking the potential of less productive land

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Are you interested in the benefits that the low maintenance, highly profitable crop – Miscanthus – offers? …. Read our handy beginners’ guide to find out whether it’s the right diversification option for you… Miscanthus is a crop that is rapidly growing in popularity with both farmers and landowners. With energy prices continually rising, pressures […]

Cheshire farm walk showcases crop providing energy security in the UK

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Farming both sustainable energy and food is top of the agenda for Cheshire arable farmer, Andrew Worrall, who grows the carbon negative energy crop, Miscanthus, on less productive fields alongside food crops including pumpkins, triticale and cover crops for soil fertility. Andrew is hosting a farm walk with Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, on Thursday 31 March, […]

Give us one reason not to plant Miscanthus

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We are hearing from an increasing number of arable farmers who are seriously investigating Miscanthus as an alternative arable cropping option. Whatever the driver behind their search, the question on everyone’s lips is the same: Why should I plant Miscanthus? There is no single answer – growers are opting to plant Miscanthus for a whole host […]

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