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KWS Energy Crops Event Gloucestershire

KWS Energy Crops Event Gloucestershire

Event date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 09:45 to Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 13:45

Energy crop growers will have the opportunity to tour variety plots,  listen to expert speakers and view an anaerobic digester plant and dryer at an energy crops event to be held at the KWS UK Maize (plant breeder) headquarters in Gloucestershire on 9 and 10 September 2019.

The event will start at a nearby hotel with an evening dinner on 9  September, when Future Biogas managing director, Philipp Lukas, will  address delegates on the subject of carbon sequestration and the future  of the anaerobic digestion industry over the next 5-10 years. On the  following morning, growers will travel to the KWS maize site in Lydney  to listen to presentations on maize, hybrid rye and beet by guest  speakers including a representative from Vale Green Energy, who will 

focus on crops for energy production. 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the plots, where the latest  varieties of maize will be on view in the demonstration field. KWS  product manager, John Burgess and KWS sales manager, John Morgan will be  on hand to give agronomy advice and tips on selecting the best energy  varieties for individual farm situations. They will also give a tour of  the anaerobic digester plant and crop dryer, as well as showcasing new  varieties prior to listing. In addition, there will be a demonstration  of beet-washing and de-stoning.


Accommodation for guests who wish to attend the evening dinner and stay  overnight is limited. For accommodation bookings, please telephone the  St Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club hotel on 01291 625261, quoting  the code L17.  For more detailed information, or to register for the day  time visit, contact Alison Phipps at [email protected]. Places are  restricted and it is advisable to book early.


KWS UK Maize (plant breeder) headquarters in Gloucestershire 


09/09/2019 - 09:45 to 10/09/2019 - 13:45
Future proofing with Miscanthus, a farm walk Norfolk

Future proofing with Miscanthus, a farm walk Norfolk

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 09:00 to 12:00
Norfolk farmer, Adam Brewer, is planning for the future by diversifying his income and looking after his soils with Miscanthus. 
Farmers wanting to learn more about the many environmental and financial benefits presented by the crop are invited to attend a Miscanthus farm walk hosted by Adam and Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta on 10 September 2019.
Alex Robinson, general manager at Terravesta, says that more farmers are looking at planting Miscanthus since Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant opened in 2017. “Adam’s farm is 35 miles away from Snetterton Power Plant and we’re looking to work with growers within East Anglia to supply it.
“Terravesta has a long-term contract with the plant for the supply of 25,000 tonnes of whole bales each year,” says Alex. “Many farmers are not only reaping the financial benefits of the crop - studies also suggest that Miscanthus can contribute to soil organic matter, earthworm diversity and stabilised soil structure.”
Adam Brewer manages the farm with his father, alongside running his own audio company, where he works with top international and UK clients. “We were looking to diversify the business in a way that allowed me to continue with my audio work and the environmental impact of our farm is important to us. Miscanthus seemed like the ideal solution, with a very local market,” explains Adam.
“Like most farms, some of our land needed a rest and with Miscanthus, the soil is largely untouched for the lifetime of the crop, which can be up to 20 years,” says Adam.
Adam grows 16 hectares of Miscanthus, as well as wheat, barley, some maize and five hectares of Christmas trees.
“The crop is 2.5 metres tall already and it’s mid-July. It has next to no inputs, although I’d stress the importance of pre-emergent herbicide directly after pantin
“The crop is full of wildlife and we’re looking forward to our first harvest early 2020,” says Adam.
“It’s clear that the farming sector needs to be more sustainable. We’ve tried to switch to minimum tillage on the farm as much as possible and the Miscanthus will hopefully help our soils to recover from intensive farming over the years and leave them in better shape for future generations,” adds Adam.
The Terravesta co-hosted breakfast farm walk takes place in Melton Constable, Norfolk, on 10 September from 09:00 – 12:00 and is free to attend. Places can be reserved online

Location: Melton Constable, Norfolk,

10/09/2019 - 09:00 to 12:00
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