Terravesta, the business promoting the miscanthus crop in the UK and Poland, has appointed ProCam as its official agronomy service to support growers with crop care throughout the UK.
Lincolnshire-based Terravesta says there is rising demand for Miscanthus as a renewable energy source, and it is already grown on around 8,000 hectares of marginal ground in the UK. It is targeting a further 1,800 hectares of marginal land for 2021, which means that more widespread agronomic support for the crop is necessary. As part of the new arrangement, farmers will be able to access support from regional ProCam agronomists who understand the local area, growers and their farm enterprises.
“As we move into an area of the unknown in agriculture, many farmers are looking to mitigate risk,” says Mike Thornton, head of crop production at ProCam. “Miscanthus is a low maintenance crop with a consistent market and less highs and lows than traditional arable cropping. The UK has a lot of marginal land where farmers struggle to grow arable crops and miscanthus can enable them to profit from these areas.
“Tenant farmers in particular may see it as a crop which could give the stability and take the weight off the difficult decisions which need to be made each year. Our team will be involved in all areas of crop management, from initial cultivations relevant to the incumbent soil type as well as in-depth nutrition analysis to support the growing crop.”
Ben Booth, Terravesta sales manager, adds: “ProCam’s wide-reaching expertise will help to advise farmers on everything from ground preparation and successful establishment to ongoing crop maintenance.”