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Sugar Cane Harvesters for Willow chip fuel crop?  RSS feed

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Location: Torrance, Ca
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I want to plant Willow to make chips for fuel [biomass heater] and compost/mulch for the crops.

I also want to grow small [1-2 acres] organic sugar cane. On the above [link] video, they recommend a sugar cane harvester [from Brazil] to save on cost to harvest willow.

What I want to find, is a cane harvester that is PTO operated, that can be run off of my Backhoe/tractor.

I don't know how far this Willow harvesting will go? At the moment, I'm only thinking about being able to harvest the equivalent to 2 cords of wood for personal winter heating use, and to mulch planted crops, so I can avoid any weed killing Monsanto stuff [I would never use that crap anyway]. Actually, I would like to keep "weeds" [barley, rye, clover, etc] between the rows on all my crops/orchards. The animals can mow them down as needed, and it could be a beneficial winter grazing for them in my no till setup. I imagine that the willow chips could become a business in itself one day. Both as a mulch and as a biomass fuel source. Think rocket stoves in greenhouses keeping aquaponics at a liveable temperature for the fish.

I did some Google searching, but didn't come up with anything useable [sometimes it gets frustrating]. I'm still in the planning stages. I still have a bunch of stuff to work out. Some help on this subject would be greatly appreciated! I still have three years before I can afford to buy any land to build a garden of Eden on.
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Look for an old Corn silage cutter, common on dairy farms. Old one row machines go for scrap iron prices. They take some power to run. You will need a silage wagon as well, to catch the chips.

For a couple cords worth, you can do that by hand with a corn knife or machete and a small wood chipper. At least to see if you like the idea.
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