Planting Energy Crops can require specialist equipment – that’s where we come in!
Energy Crops can be planted on all kinds of farmland, including land that doesn’t suit traditional farming techniques. You may not be an arable farmer or you may be wondering whether you can plant energy crops with your existing machinery… Here’s some good news – we can manage the entire planting process from start to finish. Our extensive experience in planting is available to you:
- Seedling variety selection & purchasing
- Cold storage of pre-planting stock
- Field planning
- Risk Assessment
- Equipment & Personnel
Everything we do is with the aim of ensuring we maximise your yield and income. One of the most interesting features of SRC Willow for example, is the huge number of varieties, each with its own specialties. We will test your soil and help you to decide which combination of varieties to plant. Why is this important? Perennial energy crops are particularly beneficial to biodiversity and by mixing varieties, the spring blossom season can be extended, giving pollinating insects more time to feed on nectar. In addition, the leaf drop period can be extended, keeping weed growth to a minimum well into autumn. It also helps with pest control as not all varieties are as attractive as each other to pests.
These aerial images show the amazing number of Willow varieties that are available and also the extensive research and testing that has been done to discover their leaf cover and leaf fall attributes.
We have access to all the latest innovations in energy crop planting, such as step-planters as shown here. These are Poplar rods being planted.