Cropping for Biogas


High output feedstock crops are a key prerequisite for any biogas farmer. At the same time, for the grower with a plant in the near neighbourhood, biogas cropping represents a useful source of income.

While it would be easy for both to compromise and utilise currently grown crops, this commonly results in a reduced methane yield and poor use of the land available.

Continental experience shows clearly that the selection and growing of crops for biogas needs as much careful thought, planning and husbandry expertise as cropping for food.

This the third edition of our Biogas in Practice Guide - updated in 2015 – aims to provide biogas entrepreneurs, and those who support them, with the latest advice on biogas cropping in the UK.

It examines the potential of a range of crops and crop mixes as feedstocks in a biogas plant – providing advice on which crops will provide maximum methane yields per tonne of dry matter and, more importantly, per area of cropped land.

It then looks at the prospects for these crop mixes across UK conditions and their sustainability in a typical rotation, before finally assessing the individual needs of those crops most suited to drive methane yield.

The guide draws on the research and experiences of our colleagues in continental Europe, but also our own product development trials and the growing expertise of current biogas producers in the UK, with whom we have close working relationships.

KWS funds what is believed to be the only long-term energy crop breeding programmes across Europe.

Our focus is on providing varieties that maximise methane outputs and are sustainable in a UK biogas rotation and we look forward to helping you do likewise.