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How cover crops and chitting practices benefit spud growers

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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Growing cover crops on overwintered land destined for potatoes in the following improves the workability of soil, thereby increasing work rates at the busy planting period. That’s according to trials carried out on the AHDB’s demo farm in its strategic Potato Farm Initiative. Other trials revealed yield benefits of chitting seed of the late-maturing varieties Pentland Dell and Markies prior to planting.  Simple cover crops Potato grower James Daw is growing a simple cover crop across his entire potato area this autumn, […]

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FW Awards 2016: Specialist Crop Producer of the Year

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Nathan Dellicott Sefter Farm, West Sussex Striving for a sustainable system, along with intricate knowledge and spot-on execution of its production, processing and marketing results in Barfoot Farms really standing out from the crowd. Starting from just an 8.5ha smallholding in 1970, the business now produces 2,430ha of mostly sweetcorn, brassica, legume and cucurbit crops from Bognor Regis in West Sussex to the north western edge of Southampton in Hampshire. Despite large-scale intensive production, the farm has impressively managed to […]

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2016: Farmer of the Year

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Nathan Dellicott Barfoot Farms It has taken Barfoot Farms more than three decades to become what it is today – a specialist crop producing powerhouse spread over more than 2,400ha along the South Coast. Built from humble beginnings, its founder Peter Barfoot set out on his veg-producing journey in the early 1970s on an 8.5ha smallholding near Bognor Regis. It is now producing a range of semi-exotic vegetables for a number of outlets, including major supermarkets and restaurant chains, making […]

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2016: Mixed Farmer of the Year

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Robert Davies Hopes Ash Farm, Ross-on-Wye A combination of livestock and arable enterprises – and a West Country cider orchard – makes Robert Davies a worthy winner of the Mixed Farmer of the Year Award. “We’re a true Herefordshire mixed farm, but it hasn’t happened by accident,” says Robert. “It has been a planned strategy since the 1970s and early 1980s, when we were a specialised dairy farm.” A 100-cow dairy herd, milked through two Lely robots, remains an integral […]

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2016: Arable Farmer of the Year

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Guy Shelby Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire Guy Shelby is a member of the exclusive 5t/ha oilseed rape club, has wheat yields that are into double digits and last year, his beans averaged 7.5t/ha. But what makes this even more remarkable is that it is being achieved while farming difficult soils at sea level and getting on top of a blackgrass problem. Guy puts part of this success down to his switch to strip-tillage three years ago combined with a greater focus […]

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