|Founder of New Energy Farms Group, Dr. Paul Carver. Seen here is Dr. Carver inspecting the outdoor growing system by Lewis Taylor Farms, a New Energy Farms Affiliate Partner, in Tifton, Georgia.|
|New Energy Farms Automatic Miscanthus planter developed and built by WH Loxton Ltd.|
New Energy Farms (NEF) has pioneered an affiliate program across North America and the EU which regionalizes the production of miscanthus rhizomes, ensuring that any affiliates who plant commercial crops for biomass production do so from freshly harvested rhizomes. This high quality planting material coupled with the choice of planters from NEF will produce high quality stands of miscanthus.
NEF has announced its relationship with WH Loxton Ltd. (www.miscanthusplanter.com ). Affiliates and research collaborators now have access to an NEF automatic miscanthus planter, developed by WH Loxton Ltd, the most experienced developer of these planters. This is a robust four-row planter that has been widely used throughout Europe for a number of years. NEF recently imported two models into Canada, where they planted miscanthus crops in this past spring. It has a very efficient “separation” system in the rhizome storage hopper to tease apart the individual rhizomes before they are delivered down the carefully designed coulters into the furrows.
The new addition to the NEF machinery lineup is the NEF Precision Planter, the only precision planter that is available to plant miscanthus. This has been developed and assembled using genuine Grimme components and can deliver a range of precise plant spacings. The planter is a four-row unit.
A number of planters are available for 2011, and New Energy Farms is the only company able to offer this precision planter. It is available to NEF Affiliates involved in miscanthus multiplication or large scale production planting, and by researchers who wish to have very high levels of precision in their experimentation.
Both planters are available to NEF Affiliates and research organizations to either purchase, lease or rent. Please contact New Energy Farms for details of these costs and for more detailed specifications of the two types of miscanthus planters.