Regular readers of South East Farmer will have been following the progress of Total Crop Solutions’ scientific trials since the first update in December 2018.
Originally designed as a simple crop trial to monitor how different establishment techniques effect blackgrass, the innovative case study has evolved into a two-year project, which is now set to show farmers how machinery, technology and expert advice could come together to improve profits and overcome common industry issues.
Expertly managed by the FarmSight consultants George Whelan and Kris Romney at Burden Bros Agri, the project has seen a 33-hectare parcel of land on the Romney Marsh, Kent (kindly provided by Andrew Martin of Broad Stream Farming) with a history of blackgrass divided into four pitches. Zyatt winter wheat has been drilled at three different seed rates, 350, 400 and 450 seeds per meter square, with three different drills, a Sumo DTS, a John Deere 750A and a Väderstad Rapid.
More information about why the drills were chosen, along with the initial establishment results can be found in the April 2019 edition of South East Farmer.
On 17 May, Kris Romney met with Agrovista’s agronomy and crop protection specialist Rob Purvis, who along with his colleague Andy Pendry, is scientifically monitoring and advising on the entire project. Returning to the test site, the pair took tiller counts and assessed the levels of weed establishment, predominantly focused on blackgrass.