Open day to showcase miscanthus crop benefits

18 Dec 2019

Producers are invited to attend a farm walk showcasing a miscanthus crop, growing on flooded land in Yorkshire, on Wednesday January 29, 2020.

Research shows that miscanthus not only thrives on waterlogged land, but it also helps to stabilise flooded soils.

Reduce flooding

This event offers producers the chance to see for themselves how the crop has actually helped to reduce flooding on the farm.

Farm walk hosts, Fergus and Christopher Payne, first planted 25 hectares of miscanthus in spring 2016 on waterlogged land and soil varying from sandy loam to heavy blue clay.

“Before we grew miscanthus, the fields were hard work to manage. We ended up leaving them fallow for the most part. We also had a blackgrass issue,” explains Fergus.

“We’re looking forward to our third harvest in winter/spring 2020 and the crop has done well, despite the varying soil types.

Weed control

“The clay patch that didn’t grow as well initially has now recovered, the blackgrass is visibly being smothered, and waterlogging has been reduced,” he says.

Fergus adds that miscanthus requires some weed control during the spring months, and that the ground needs to be well prepared in the autumn before spring planting.

Low-maintenance crop

“Other than that, it’s a good low-maintenance crop for poor farmland that is otherwise expensive and time consuming to manage.”

Producers wanting to learn more about growing the crop are invited to come along to the event, at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Yorkshire. Bookings can be made at www.terravesta.com/events.