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    Maize Harvest for Biogas

    Went to see friends harvesting their maize for biogas a couple of weekends ago, and thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

    The forager is BigX 700 with 14 row header.












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    Re: Maize Harvest for Biogas

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    Re: Maize Harvest for Biogas

    Great photos, looks like perfect conditions.

    A French AD plant builder erecting a large plant just north of Hereford has just gone bust. Would have thought these firms would be raking it in.

    apparently the construction has just risen above floor level, no other firms will touch it with a barge pole. Ouch

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    Re: Maize Harvest for Biogas

    impressive kit, and big looking set-up; one just wonders how long this lunacy will last though. Fair enough if the AD plant is using waste material, but growing crops just to feed a mechanical stomach is pretty bonkers, only made possible by the tag of being a renewable energy source....

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    Re: Maize Harvest for Biogas

    Some Nice photos there thanks for sharing them that is some header on that Krone

    Fair point about the merits of biogas but some things to bear In mind firstly if the entire the acreage across Europe that is growing maize for biogas was growing wheat or barley i don't suppose that would be helping already depressed grain prices!

    Secondly In general Europe has more district heating systems that make much better use of the heat produced than we do here , but producing and compressing gas back into the gas mains rather than producing electric is much more efficient than burning the gas in an engine , this is being done on some large schemes here in the uk

    And last but not least lots of energy is subsidised in one way or another take for example the proposed new nuclear power plants , at least the fields can easily go back to growing grain not so easy with a nuclear plant !

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    Re: Maize Harvest for Biogas

    Great photos but agree with some posts about these AD plants using crops grown to feed them in our small part of the world rented ground has gone up in price way out of reach from farmers.

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