Why weed control is so important during energy crop establishment

This film shows some field trials planted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. The contrast between the plots treated with herbicide and those that are not is striking.

The results suggest that the biomass yield is 95% lower in untreated plots. As establishment costs are relatively high £2,000-£3,000 per hectare there really is no point in cutting corners – you are simply throwing money away. Following best practice guidelines is essential. Our calculations suggest that over 20 years an SRC willow grower would be up to £70,000 better off from a 10 hectare plot that has received exemplary management. We can help growers achieve the highest yields from their land with our energy crop management options.