Elsoms Seeds, in association with leading European Breeders, SAATEN UNION, Strube, Caussade Semences and Florimond Desprez, has put together a portfolio of proven “Energy Crop” varieties. These will provide farmers with a range of options to achieve optimum energy yields whilst supporting the performance of other crops in the rotation.
Although the UK “Energy Crop” market has lagged behind countries such as Germany and Holland, the UK has been able to benefit from the experience gained in establishing successful “Energy Crop” markets in these countries. As is often the case with new markets, farmers are confronted by a plethora of often confusing and sometimes contradictory information. Elsoms have worked with our plan breeding partners to select a porfolio of “proven” varieties suitable for the UK market in each Energy Crop sector. Elsoms strong portfolio will enable farmers to concentrate on the rotational model, selecting the balance of energy and field crops that will provide their overall business with the best return.
A combination of very high (consistently achievable) dry matter yields, excellent digestion efficiency and strong agronomic advantages has resulted in Energy Beet gaining a large slice of the German Energy Crop sector and a rapidly growing share of the burgeoning UK market. Whilst maize remains at the heart of most Energy Crop rotations, Energy Beet, along with Hybrid Rye, is now forming a vital part of farmers strategic plans for achieving the performance required from AD plants and the whole farm enterprise.
Widely grown in Northern Europe, Hybrid Rye is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for improving the performance of AD (Anaerobic Digestion) Plants. With its excellent yield, flexible drilling dates, vigorous growth habit and very early maturity it provides growers with the opportunity for increased flexibility in terms of the position of energy crops in their rotation as well as reducing the risk of being able to achieve respectable harvest yields and crop quality. With many AD plant managers now realising the limitations of maize and beet as sole or major sources of raw material for their AD plants Hybrid Rye is looking an increasingly attractive choice, both in terms of raw material security and also in-terms of digester performance.
Triticale is a low maintenance cereal with an aggressive growth habit and robust agronomic characteristics that is increasing rapidly in popularity with farmers across the country. New Winter and Spring sown varieties are now available that have seen a major improvement in the crops potential value to the grower. Elsoms works in partnership with French plant breeder Florimond Desprez and through it's modern varieties has maintained it's position as a market leader in this sector. A long term research project is currently being carried out by AHDB/ADAS, supported by a range of companies, looking at the potential for triticale to provide substantially improved gross margins, in comparison to winter wheat, across a range of situations. Information on this project can be obtained from the down loads on this page, or directly from the organisations themselves.
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Energy, Forage and Hybrid Cereals Crop Manager
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