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My Daily Digest: May 24, 2021

Another super-plant growing opportunity It almost seems that a week doesn’t go by that farmers aren’t pitched the next crop that’ll solve the world’s problems and boost their incomes.

Now, there’s a long list of plants that’ve been oversold, but that’s the way salespeople work.

However, with diversification a top priority for many farm business owners, incorporating new crops into a system can be advantageous.

Hemp is one that’s been in the news a lot in the past year or so, and it’s already benefiting the early adopters.

Now we have miscanthus, which has many uses from a feed source to harvesting as a biofuel source.

It’s a perennial, yields about the same as maize, pays about $250/t and harvests in winter.

As with any new crop, each farmer will have to weigh up their business, climate and soils before committing.

But it’s great to see new ideas being floated that can help farmers prosper while improving the environment.


Bryan Gibson


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