Cambridge Regen Ag film

I know nothing about arable production, but I do know that the only way to reduce climate change is use less fossil fuels, and reducing diesel use from 100 litres/ha to 40 can only be a good thing, plus artificial nitrogen again, is based on fossil fuels (and this is without thinking of the carbon being drawn down and stored in the soil), great film.
 
very interesting, but . . . . . . . . . 150 tractor hrs/year with a 2 pass crop establishment regen system vs 1000 tractor hrs when farmed conventionally. . . . . . . . . really?!?!🤔
 

N.Yorks.

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very interesting, but . . . . . . . . . 150 tractor hrs/year with a 2 pass crop establishment regen system vs 1000 tractor hrs when farmed conventionally. . . . . . . . . really?!?!🤔
Maybe take their reduced fuel consumption as a better guide as to the machinery use reduction? Diesel: 120-160 l/ha reduced to circa 40 l/ha...... as per Ffermer Bach post above.
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
Post a video here of what you are doing, I am sure it would be very popular
I can’t do videos but here we are drilling baby corn into a cover crop of weeds after French beans.Using the previous beds means the maize goes into untouched land. It will mop up any used fertilizer and should give us around 100 tonnes a hectare of greenery to be chopped back into the soil plus up to 15 tonnes of saleable baby corn total diesel usage to mow the beans and drill and spray roundup no more than 7 litres per hectare.
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sjt01

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I can’t do videos but here we are drilling baby corn into a cover crop of weeds after French beans.Using the previous beds means the maize goes into untouched land. It will mop up any used fertilizer and should give us around 100 tonnes a hectare of greenery to be chopped back into the soil plus up to 15 tonnes of saleable baby corn total diesel usage to mow the beans and drill and spray roundup no more than 7 litres per hectare.View attachment 965018View attachment 965019
What type of coulter are you using to cut through the vegetation? The cover looks quite young compared to our overwintered cover crops.
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
What type of coulter are you using to cut through the vegetation? The cover looks quite young compared to our overwintered cover crops.
We have a simple knife followed by discs. We have finished a field of french beans and allowed the weeds etc to grow. As it is quite wet at the moment they reach waist high pretty quickly, then we flail everything down and wait a week for it to dry a bit and start to regrow then we drill and spray about two or three days later. Our advantage is we are growing at least three crops a year so we always have some root activity and the ground doesn't compact too much. Land after beans works a lot easier than after cabbages or broccoli or maize but I have just bought a strip till cultivator for use after these crops.
 
Really interesting to see that a major fenland salad grower is thinking along regen ag lines. I wonder how long until it reaches sand land root veg. growers?

Some of the westcountry brassica growers have been in strip till after cover crops for a few years now. No till into standing cover is next I would assume.
We can all be brave in our garden but these boys are on a scale that is inspiring after the initial panic has subsided!
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



Today (20 September) between 7pm-8pm, I and some of my colleagues will be answering your questions about our work including the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Farming in Protected Landscapes, and our test and trials.



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