Arable farmers seeking a low-maintenance crop with reliable returns should consider the £500/ha net margin possible from miscanthus, even on heavy land. A lack of confidence in the sector because of high establishment costs, a turbulent past and a culture unused to long-term contracts has seen uptake fall well below the 350,000ha hoped for by some bioenergy advocates. There is, therefore, an opportunity for arable growers with unprofitable fields that are difficult to crop. A long-term contract with a regular income offers some […]