Energy crops – Energy as income

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Ten years of producing a diverse range of crops to feed a large gas-to-grid business has reinforced the critical importance of efficient forage conservation at a farm in Kent. CPM visits to find out more. We’re primarily an arable farm that has transformed into an energy business too. By Rob Jones Growing nearly 2200ha of energy crops, and ensuring they stay in the best condition possible after harvesting in order to drive maximum gas production, has been a huge learning curve for the previously arable-based business, says Iain Moss, senior farm manager at St Nicholas Court Farm, near Birchington in Kent. “Forage management and silage clamps are not really part of the mindset for arable producers but when you’re involved in renewable energy production, they become the foundation of the business,” he says. “After harvest, we’ve probably got nearly £4M worth of forage sitting in our clamps, so the decisions we make to ensure it’s going to store well and be simple to manage over the following year are of critical importance. “Our target is zero loss from field to digester and that requires a very specific approach to the harvest process, managing and sealing the clamp at…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...