Farmer Focus: Drone helps with natural cultivation trial


To be extremely annoying to these of you who’ve been struggling to get autumn sowing carried out, now we have had one of many best seasons for drilling winter cereals and our bean/wheat bicrop.

Seed-beds have been glorious and most of our wheat is up or simply rising.

See additionally: Direct-drilling wheat into clover ley saves farm £100/ha

About the writer

John Pawsey

Arable Farmer Focus author
John Pawsey is an natural farmer at Shimpling Park in Suffolk. He began changing the 650ha of arable cropping in 1999, and in addition contract farms an extra 915ha organically, rising wheat, barley, oats, beans and spelt.

Our bicropped land was ploughed so was just a little cloddy, however as a result of dryness of the soil we had been in a position to roll it to interrupt just a few of the extra cussed lumps.

This is a primary in bean-sowing historical past at Shimpling Park Farm.

We’ve additionally been placing our Agri-EPI drone and Skippy Scout software program to make use of with our three new trials for harvest 2023 – two for different individuals and one for ourselves.

Our personal farm trial is seed charges in winter and spring crops, specializing in the impact of lowered cultivations, weed suppression, illness, row spacing, high quality and yield.

For winter wheat, we will likely be evaluating goal plant populations of between 250 vegetation/sq m and 325 vegetation/sq m.

For our winter bean/bicrop, we’ll examine the low finish of 188 vegetation/sq m of wheat and 15 vegetation/sq m of beans as much as 233 vegetation/sq m and 21 vegetation/sq m, respectively.

Each evaluation spot might be repeated by Skippy Scout at common intervals, counting the vegetation and figuring out weedy areas.

The trial will, hopefully, assist us perceive the impact of fewer cultivations with larger seed charges and vice versa.

In addition, we wish to perceive the impact of upper plant populations and the suppression of weeds, the consequences on tiller numbers and illness on a large row spacing, and at last high quality and yield.

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