Guy Shelby

August 11, 2016 10:20 am

The Pro-Til drill is a brilliant piece of kit and we are very impressed with the way it establishes all of our crops. The small press wheel gives excellent seed to soil contact which is where this machine has the edge over its competitors. The drill is very effective in creating the perfect seedbed in one pass whilst improving the...

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Philip Wright

August 10, 2016 2:08 pm

Any farmer who expects a switch to direct drilling to sort out soil structure problems by itself needs to re-think their approach, and make sure they give this potentially valuable technique a go says independent consultant Philip Wright. “Point number one: plan to start direct drilling where soil structure is already good. The biggest mistake you can make is trying...

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South Lodge

August 10, 2016 2:06 pm

The hardest part of direct drilling is getting used to doing very little cultivating after harvest while neighbours are working hard, says Northamptonshire farmer David Beesley. Last autumn he was able to utilise this time by concentrating on other parts of his business, and leaving his new Mzuri drill parked up until it was needed at South Lodge, Ecton, Northampton....

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Upper Bentley Farm

August 10, 2016 1:56 pm

Even when you have a well-designed non-inversion crop establishment system, moving to direct drilling can achieve significant time and cost savings. Brothers Philip and Martin Gibbs have 700 acres of arable crops on the 1,300 acres they farm at Upper Bentley Farm, Redditch, Worcestershire, the remainder of the farm being grassland that supports 600 beef cattle and 300 sheep. They...

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P R Farming

August 10, 2016 1:48 pm

Moving to direct drilling is just another logical step in improving arable farming practice for Philip Woods, who runs some 3,000 acres of arable land from his base at Kensworth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. His company – P R Farming – runs their home farm of 600 acres and a further 2,200 acres for a range of customers in the region. He...

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