Drilling down to perfect rape establishment

August 24, 2016 12:02 pm

It’d be fair to say we love everything to do with drilling. Here we’re putting in rape, but most importantly, we’re drilling down to the formula of perfect rape establishment. We already offer a combination of a narrow coulter point and a narrower profile reconsolidating wheel which has been specifically designed for drilling rape. It gives brilliant seeding depth control...

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Thumbs up to the soil doctor

August 18, 2016 8:31 am

Today one of our test fields has had the Rehab treatment – the soil doctor with the best “bedseed manner” around. Gentle on the topsoil but mean to the pan, the Rehab is our low disturbance subsoiler which has proved invaluable on our Trial Farm, particularly in the first years of switching to strip tillage. The farm had been previously...

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Inter-row drilling with RTK

August 14, 2016 2:02 pm

Another week, another trial! This time, we’re inter-row drilling radish into wheat stubble. Rather than drilling at a slight angle to the tramlines, we are going straight down the line in between the rows of the harvested crop. This is called taking the idea of minimal disturbance with strip tilling and pushing it to the extreme. Not only are we...

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Drilling cover crops with new low disturbance coulter

August 10, 2016 12:57 pm

The wheat has been combined and just a few days later, we’re on the same field again. This time – it’s with the Pro-Til 3T ‘direct till drill’, establishing cover crops straight into untouched straw stubble. It’s a really exciting time as we’re trialling our newly developed low disturbance coulters to sow radish mix. We currently have a four-year rotation...

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It’s not all plain sailing

August 6, 2016 8:07 am

It’d be fair to say our wheat harvest has not been the smoothest ever. We made a good start on 6th August and, with the moisture levels being good, continued into the night when suddenly the main drive belt bearing went on our Case IH Axial Flow setting fire to chaff and dust in the engine department. Luckily, the trailer...

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