24th June 2003




Arable farmers from around the region are to visit the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture on Monday (30th June) to hear about crop establishment techniques.


The crop establishment demonstration at Riseholme Park Farms, part of the University of Lincoln, will feature talks by arable farming experts and presentations by machinery manufacturers.


The event will focus on cereals and sugar beet establishment by a range of techniques from conventional cultivation following ploughing, minimum tillage and direct drilling where the crop has been established into the residue of the previous crop with no prior cultivation.


“Direct drilling is not a new technique but there is renewed interest in it because of the cost savings that can be made in addition to soil structure and environmental benefits,” said Tony Wright, Estate Manager at Riseholme Park Farms, who is organising the event.


Among the speakers will be Jonathan Holmes from Yorkshire Arable Marketing, Philip Eccleston of British Sugar and independent soil consultant Professor Gordon Spoor.


After the talks delegates will have the chance to visit trial plots on the farm at Riseholme Park which were drilled in September last year as part of a commercial wheat crop.


Vaderstad, John Dale, Simba Horsch, System Moore, John Deere and Stanhay machines will also be on display in an adjacent field.


The event is free to delegates and will begin at 12 noon in the conference hall at Riseholme Park on Monday 30th June 2003.


If you would like to attend please email farms@lincoln.ac.uk or telephone Marilyn Taylor on Lincoln 895294.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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