We recently informed you how we have successfully completed biomass harvesting of our miscanthus fields. Shortly after, a portion of that biomass successfully found its’ users – and they are thrilled. Therefore, we are bringing you a short video where you can see the first media clips from the user’s yards and stables.
Customers have chosen our mulch for the following benefits:
Conventional crop cultivation that is used for mulch production is accompanied by the inevitable and repeated use of pesticides. These agents are needed to eliminate the competitiveness of weeds and pest impact, and their active substances persist in biomass long after harvest. When we use that biomass as mulch, we can be sure that we are bringing a large number of active compounds in the garden. Miscanthus cultivation, on the other hand, does not require the use of pesticides and fertilizers, so it is unlikely that unwanted compounds will come with biomass.
Also, during the main harvest of crops, a large number of classes and seeds remain in the field. By harvesting these residues, the mulch becomes a fertile substrate of seed admixtures. When using mulch, many plants of these crops will likely germinate and sprout. Miscanthus is also advantageous here because it does not produce seeds. Since there is no significant presence of weeds in its plantations, mulch is actually an immaculate material with no risk of unexpected germination.
Miscanthus mulch is pH neutral, and neutral pH helps plant growth because it determines the availability of essential plant nutrients. Most common mulches are acidic in pH, which makes certain nutrients, especially phosphorus, less accessible while increasing other nutrients, such as aluminum and manganese, to toxic levels. Acid pH levels are also undesirable for beneficial soil microorganisms.
The cattlemen also recognized the benefits, so they trusted our product.
Miscanthus, in the form of bedding, comes in an immaculate form, free of dust and other contaminants, as well as pesticides.
It is characterized by a high absorption capacity, which is the result of a favorable lignocellulosic composition with over 50% cellulose, thus preventing the spread of moist spots that can be removed without replacing the entire bedding. A great advantage is that removed material can be successfully composted thanks to a favorable C: N ratio.
Miscanthus biomass also contains less free nutrients like simple sugars and amino acids and a higher concentration of cellulose and lignin. This composition has a positive effect on preventing the growth of undesirable pests and bacteria comparing to other crop straw.
Dust concentrations (PM10) are higher in other crop straw, so miscanthus straw is particularly suitable for the preservation of respiratory systems and the overall health of livestock and calves.
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