Miscanthus specialist business Terravesta has appointed ProCam as its official agronomy service, to support farmers with crop care throughout the UK.
The rapidly growing demand for Miscanthus and target of 1,800 hectares of marginal land for 2021 planting alone, means that more widespread and regional support for the crop is needed, according to the firm.
“ProCam’s wide-reaching expertise will help to advise farmers on everything from ground preparation, successful establishment and ongoing crop maintenance,” explains Ben Booth, Terravesta sales manager.
The new arrangement will mean farmers can access support from regional ProCam agronomists, who understand the local area and know the growers and their farm enterprises.
Head of Crop Production at ProCam, Mike Thornton, is positive about the new appointment. “As we move into an area of the unknown in agriculture, many farmers are looking to mitigate risk and 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 which farmers struggle to grow arable crops on and Miscanthus enables them to profit from these areas,” Says Mike.
Mike explains that ProCam will be able to offer a broad spectrum of agricultural expertise and regional knowledge, to advise as to whether Miscanthus would suit their enterprise. “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” he adds.
The appointment has launched this spring 2020 and Terravesta Miscanthus growers have access to ProCam’s agronomic expertise.