What is Miscanthus?

Miscanthus is a rapid growing, non-invasive, sterile perennial grass that can grow more than 3 metres tall. It re-grows each spring, is low maintenance and has a life expectancy of 20+ years. It is established through rhizome propagation and requires little water, no fertilizer or weed control and thrives in untilled fields. It is resistant to harsh winters, lessening the chances of winter losses. It is able to sequester carbon into the earth and is capable of producing double the yield of other biomass crops (such as switchgrass).

Using Miscanthus means having the ability to achieve a sustainable and independent energy supply with a long term line of sight to fuel costs for 20+ years. It grows well on class 3 and 4 land and can reactivate and rehabilitate fallow land.

Farming Miscanthus

Miscanthus Crops

Dr. Emily Heaton introduces Miscanthus. Miscanthus is a sterile, non-invasive, perennial crop, planted once and harvested annually, offering the highest yields producing more than twice the energy per acre than switch grass and other crops. One acre of Miscanthus produces on average 200,000,000 Btu's of useable energy.

The Focus

Pro Farm Energy is focused on bringing value to stakeholders. Our business may invest in all or part of the value chain. We acquire or secure land, establish energy crops, grow and deliver those crops to power plants which produce renewable energy in the form of electricity and heat.

Energy Crop Facts

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Miscanthus is a perennial crop, planted once and harvested yearly, offering the highest yields producing more than twice the energy per acre than switch grass and other crops. One acre of Miscanthus produces on average 200,000,000 Btu's of useable energy.

Energy crops are virtually carbon neutral and in some cases carbon negative sequestering carbon in the soil. Miscanthus is grown sustainably recycling costly nutrients and improves soil quality.

Energy Crops offer the most efficient solar energy collection system. The energy is utilized on demand, unlike wind and solar power, and is stored in fields as stacked bails. The cost of electrical generation using energy crops is four times less than solar and creates a local energy economy with ongoing jobs for farming, trucking and power plant operations.

3 acres of Miscanthus have enough energy to power one home for an entire year.

Planting

Miscanthus is planted using customized rhizome planting equipment. The crop is planted in the first year vegetatively, via rhizome roots, and requires 3 to 4 years to achieve full production.

Harvesting

Miscanthus is harvested annually using standard hay cutting and baling equipment.

Storage & Delivery

Bales of Miscanthus are collected and stacked at the ends of the fields for subsequent delivery to the power plant as needed throughout the year.

More Miscanthus Information

Dr. Stephen Long comments on Miscanthus production.