Harvesting the Miscanthus
The Miscanthus is harvested in a dry state (12 to 14% of moisture) from February to mid-April when the soil is healthy (frozen or drained).
Various methods can be implemented depending on the use of the production:
Silage in thin strands (≈ 2 cm) is used for bulk packaging where the places of consumption are fairly close (≈ 40 km max). This kind of product can be used directly in industrial boilers, horticultural mulching or litter (after removal of dust). Its density is about 120-130 kg/m3.
The silage in long strands (≈ 20 cm) is made with direct pressing through the ENTON'UP system which allows a press to swallow the straw as soon as it exits of the forage harvester.
Thanks to pressing with ENTON'UP, it is possible to have a density of 300-400 kg/m3 in order to be transported over long distances, on the other hand, the losses resulting from the collection of the windrows are null.
Before being consumed, the bales must be chopped to be used in industrial boilers or processed for other purposes.