|The area to be used for miscanthus is cleared and prepared. Fields with poor soils that are not as suitable for other crops are chosen. The rhizomes is planted in the ground.|
The rhizomes quickly form clumps of grass which after a few years become very tall. No inputs such as fertilisers are usually needed once the miscanthus has become established.
The most expensive investment by the farmer is in the machine needed to crop the miscanthus. This has to have tough cutting blades to cut the grass at ground level. The grass is then chopped up into small pieces.
|The chopped up grass is then stored in a large dry barn.|
|It can then either be baled for use at Ely power station.|
|Or be bagged up to be used as pet bedding.|
There are many other uses of miscanthus being trailled. For example, the grass stalks are being cut whole to be used as thatching.