HUTCHINSONS~FieldWise(October2018) (1) - Page 1

Variable drilling
proves its worth in
a challenging year
After the success of variably drilling a crop of spring barley two years
ago, Michael Baker of P & A Farming Services who manages over 1000
hectares of arable cropping in Bourne, Lincolnshire has gone on to
variably drill all of his wheat and oilseed rape crops this season.
“I am a soils man and just felt that
variable drilling was the way to go, as
the fields here at Chimney Farm range
in soil type with clay and silt hills to
gravel and black land. We also have
‘drummy holes’ where the silt hills dip
down into loam silt or clay, so it made
sense to think about using variable
drilling to incorporate these physical
and soil factors.”
High black-grass populations and
poorer performing low-lying parts of
fields, as well as some pretty serious
slug pressure added to the reasoning
to try variable drilling, he adds.
Mr Baker’s instincts proved
right, with his first variably
drilled crop of Propino barley
yielding 9.68t/ha - their highest
yields ever from a spring barley.
On the basis of this success he
extended the variable drilling to all
of his 2018 wheat crop. Using the
Omnia precision agronomy software
system, as he had done for the spring
barley, Mr Baker and his agronomist,
Andrew Buckberry, began by
creating maps of each wheat field by
incorporating operators’ view point
areas from satellite imagery that
followed the exact contours of
the fields.
On top of this, maps of soil type, soil
texture, seed bed conditions, weed
and slug pressure were also created
and overlaid in the system.
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David Ellerton
of Stewardship
Many crop protection products
are facing an uncertain future as
they come up for re-registration
under stringent environmental
criteria, as they are found above
legal limits in water, or are under
pressure from lobby groups.
Therefore as an industry it is vital that
we use products sustainably - not only
to maintain them in the market place
- but also to protect water, the wider
environment and human health.
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Fieldwise has been allocated 2 BASIS
Crop Protection CPD points for 2018/19.
To claim your points, please email your name and account number,
the reference code: CP/67147/1819/g to
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