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Biogas: is tall wheatgrass an alternative to maize? (Germany)


Tall-growing grasses, such as the Szarvasi-1 variety from Hungary, originated in the steppes and are seen as a very promising alternative in energy crop cultivation. In southern Germany, arable farmers are achieving the same yields as for maize on marginal sites. Now the first crop growers in Lower Saxony are trying out the Hungarian grass. In addition to this, the Lower Saxony chamber of agriculture has been growing the grass — known as ‘Hirschgras’ (deer grass) — on experimental plots for three years. A positive aspect is the lower production costs of the tall wheatgrass, according to expert advisers to the chamber quoted in one of its press releases. Its advantages are the low labour requirements and the fact that it can be grown on marginal sites.

Source: Agrar Heute

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