SEIL will plant your Miscanthus in the spring using our purpose-built fully automated planters (see below). In the first year the crop is cut back, with commercial yields taken from year 2 (annually for up to 15 or 20 years). The crop is then harvested and baled using conventional arable equipment. After harvesting, Miscanthus bales can be used directly in power generation or processed into added-value forms such as fuel pellets.
SEIL offers a comprehensive service for Miscanthus based on sound history of commercial development and large scale automated planting. We supply rhizomes, planting services and can support you all the way the through to harvesting and selling your crop of Miscanthus. We use specifically designed, fully automated planters. Planting four straight rows simultaneously; each planter can plant over 20 hectares per day.
Harvesting is an important part of understanding a crop. Harvesting Miscanthus in practice is not a difficult operation; the aim is to use a machine that will cut the crop fast enough, cost effectively and to put it into a swath that can be picked up using a traditional baler such as a Quadrant or Hesston. There are several options available and we will be happy to discuss the optimum choice, as well as recommend a local highly experienced professional contractor, if needed.
SEIL have successfully developed Miscanthus in a number of areas; from research on agronomy and physiology through to production systems for large scale fuel supply. If you are developing a power project or are involved in research please contact us to find out what we can offer, we are able to assist in the following areas: