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New Feed and bedding crops from NEF
NEF provide livestock farmers with high yielding crops to grow your own feed, bedding and establish vegetative buffers on your farm.
The key points are,
- Establish feed and bedding production on farm, using perennial crops
- Significantly reduce the cost of feeding and bedding livestock.
- NEF crops can produce 2-4 times more protein per acre than Alfalfa.
- Up to 16t dry matter of feed per acre, grazing, green chop or silage.
- Grow your own bedding, 3 times greater absorbency than wheat straw.
- Effluent disposal and N run off mitigation using these same crops.
All crops supplied by NEF are established via our CEEDS system, which provides low cost, fully automatic precision drilling. Plantations of feed and or bedding crops established on farm for customers, further details on this system click here.
If you would like further details or a quote please contact us at the details below:
USA: 229 518 4233
Canada: 519 326 7293
Europe: +0044 1672 513425
Feedstock supply for your project
New Energy Farms (NEF) provides a complete solution to sourcing biomass feedstock for your project.
We have extensive experience in commercial production of high yielding energy grasses.
Our crops are suitable for thermal, liquid and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) applications.
If your project needs a secure source of high quality feedstock then NEF can assist you
NEF announce development of CEEDS™, the easy way to establish energy crops.
New Energy Farms (NEF) has developed a revolutionary new method of propagating energy grasses; this will reduce farmer establishment costs by 50% or more. Cost effective scaling of perennial energy grasses such as Miscanthus, Arundo donax and Energy cane has previously inhibited expansion.
NEF has addressed this problem and developed a new planting product for vegetative energy crops, CEEDSTM. These are small capsules that are established using automatic min till or no till planters, like seed. The process applies to a number of Energy grasses and is currently being evaluated by companies in the US and Canada. The existing range of NEF energy crops will be available in the CEEDSTM format commencing from 2013 to 2014 depending on the cultivar and region.
The focus was to make establishing vegetative energy crops as easy as other arable crops, to do this we started to look how to reverse engineer a seed, and the result was CEEDSTM , Dean Tiessen, President New Energy Farms.
CEEDSTM represents a step forward in energy crop establishment; that has been many years in the development, but solves all the issues that have previously made scaling energy crops difficult. Dr Paul Carver, CEO New Energy Farms. The CEEDS planting system works alongside the NEF energy crop plantation management system, Biomass DirectTM to provide a farm to end user service for our customers.
The main advantages of CEEDS are:
- New cultivars can be bulked up to market volumes 3 times faster.
- Establishment cost for crops like Miscanthus can be reduced by over 50%.
- Min / No till, fully automatic precision planting (no planting staff required).
- Substantially lower cost of planting, less ground cultivation.
- Reduction by up to 80% in transport logistics for planting material.
- Greater vigor after planting, more shoots produced.
- This system delivers the maximum yield from a cultivar.
- Makes planting energy grasses as simple as drilling conventional arable crops.
For further details on this project or the products produced please contact us:
North America: 519 326 7293
Europe: +0044 1672 513425
New Energy Farms to commercialize new Miscanthus cultivars.
New Energy Farms (NEF) has established an agreement with Performance Plants Inc. to commercialize new high yielding elite clones of Miscanthus energy crop. NEF have been evaluating new clones of Performance Plants’ Miscanthus to identify those with specific yield and quality characteristics that have commercial applications in the near term to meet the requirements of end users of the next 2-3 years. Already, interesting clones have been identified with improved yield and growth characteristics. Clones of interest are being bulked up and taken to market volumes with NEF’s proprietary propagation technology, with market expansion delivered via the IT system developed jointly between NEF and Muddy Boots. The clones developed are vegetative and sterile, to allow easy establishment and utilization.
NEF are using this model to bring a pipeline of new cultivars of energy crops to market from a range of genetics providers, delivering this rapidly with a secure means of generating onward royalty payments for plant breeders.
NEF supplies products and services to customers developing or operating biomass conversion facilities. These customers are typically utility or development companies who generate renewable electricity, heat, road fuels or industrial materials, using plant biomass as raw material. The crops supplied by NEF are energy crops; these have been specifically developed to produce fuel and industrial products not food. They are high yielding perennials; growing for over 10 years without replanting, that produce large volumes of clean biomass feedstock with a low energy and environmental footprint. The production of this feedstock can occur on lower quality or surplus land and consequently does not impact on food production. Studies in the EU and US have identified over 30 m Ha of land (75m Acres) is available for production of these crops without influencing food production.
Performance Plants Inc. is a global leader in discovery and development of second-generation agricultural biotechnologies. The company's patented technologies enhance plant productivity (including seed yield and plant biomass) and weatherproof food and non-food biofuel crops through periods of drought and heat stresses resulting in a more abundant, consistent and cost-effective harvests for farmers. The company has a robust gene discovery and technology evaluation pipeline, and has licensed multiple breakthrough technologies to many worlds’ leading seed companies. The privately-held Canadian company is headquartered with R&D facilities in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
NEF developing low cost & scalable solution for establishing vegetative and seed based energy crops
New Energy Farms is developing a totally new system for establishing Miscanthus and other perennial energy crops, a development which is urgently required by the rapidly expanding market. The system under development from NEF is fundamentally cheaper than current vegetative options, produces the same vigorous growth as more expensive plug plants, but is as easy to drill as a seed. The system is also expected to reduce the time taken to first yield, and also overcomes many of the agronomy issues associated with seed establishment. It allows for the first time perennial energy crops to be automatically precision drilled like row crops, but at a fraction of the cost. The technique can be easily scaled up so large-scale projects requiring 50,000 Ha are easily implementable.
The system is applicable to both vegetative and seed based systems, using a new propagule system, which allows fully automatic drilling of the energy crop into min or even no till seed beds. Current systems for establishing Miscanthus are effective, but the scale of the forward market requires new solutions so they can be implemented faster, and potentially without grant support.
The system can also be used to rapidly propagate vegetative energy crops, in one 1/3 of the time of current options, which will allow new cultivars to enter the market more rapidly. The NEF system provides a solution for all three primary customers in the energy crop sector, genetics providers, farmers and end users. NEF are already working with one genetics provider of Miscanthus to utilize this system to bring a new cultivar to market, in a much shorter period of time than previously considered possible. The system is fully aligned to the NEF IT system under development with Muddy Boots which will provide a completely vertically integrated biomass supply chain for agronomy, genetics royalty collection and trading to end users.