Norfolk farmer, Bill Lewis, will showcase his 7-year old Miscanthus crop by hosting a farm walk near King’s Lynn this October.
Bill, who grows Miscanthus at Abbey Farm in East Walton, is welcoming other farmers to learn about growing the crop and how it’s worked for him on a Terravesta co-hosted farm walk.
Mr Lewis had a bumper yield in the crops second harvest, of over 8.82 tonnes per hectare and attributed the bumper yield to careful planning, preparation and aftercare for the first 12 months after planting.
‘Because it’s a crop that goes on for over 20 years, the first year is crucial to get right to ensure you get the best out of it,’ he said.
‘The key to a successful crop is good soil and seed bed preparation, and the only other management required is a pre-and post-emergence herbicide application and, if the site is prone to rabbits and hares, the crop needs to be fenced off.
‘The land has sun exposure and a good water table, which miscanthus loves, but so do weeds. A professional approach is therefore key.’
The farm walk at Abbey Farm in East Walton takes place on Thursday 7th October and bookings can be made here.