Miscanthus x. giganteus is a warm season perennial grass that can grow on ground not suitable for food production, is non-invasive, requires little fertilizer, and can yield as much as 10 tons per acre each year. Our team worked with the USDA in 2011 to approve this crop for large scale planting in the U.S.
Because Miscanthus does not require replanting between its annual harvests and its extensive root system is allowed to grow undisturbed, Miscanthus can sequester as much as 2 tons of carbon per acre per year*. This makes Miscanthus plantations one of the best carbon reduction strategies that are commercially viable.
Miscanthus contains fibers that perform the same as trees. This makes Miscanthus perfect for manufacturing pulp and paper products. In fact, Miscanthus fibers have numerous characteristics that are unique and, when processed correctly, enable a user to replace tree fibers and even other non-renewable resources such as petroleum sourced materials.
* Zang, Huadong, et. al. Carbon sequestration and turnover in soil under the energy crop Miscanthus: repeated 13C natural abundance approach and literature synthesis GCB Bioenergy Volume 10, Issue 4, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12485
Harvesting and Baling Miscanthus