No-Till Potatoes

Foxcover

Member
ctf is very useful and an important part of our system here but in some of these situation (potatoes and beet) I cannot for the life of me see what difference it is ever going to make, most of those machine are so huge with wide tyres they drive on the whole field surface area anyway! great way to spend a shed load of cash IMO
Exactly. Clive always said that rootcrops and ploughing don’t fit into CTF and I agree, I actually laughed when I saw a recent article in Profi about ctf on a particular large enterprise in this country then an article in another about said farms 6m powerharrow potato planter.
 

martian

DD Moderator
Location
N Herts
Some snaps of this year's crop. In no particular order...sweet corn (tough as Type 1 MOT, think we drilled wrong seed), a gourd and the strip till drill in action. It's only really a demo plot, but you can see most of straw has now disappeared.

Due to awkwardness of plot size etc and fecklessness of farmer, this has had no fertiliser or sprays (beyond any seedbed fert George may have added). It is a little weedy, but mulch has done a pretty good job overall. Roundup pre-drilling would have been sensible.
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ajd132

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Location
Suffolk
Exactly. Clive always said that rootcrops and ploughing don’t fit into CTF and I agree, I actually laughed when I saw a recent article in Profi about ctf on a particular large enterprise in this country then an article in another about said farms 6m powerharrow potato planter.
Havnt seen the article but I know what you’re talking about. There is no soil structure to look after with potatoes so it really is just a spending exercise. Money better spent investing srip till or no till vet.
 

New Puritan

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Arable Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Thanks @martian . I thought (incorrectly) you were growing a mixture of squash and corn. What's happening in the photo of the drill - is he standing on it to get it to dig in better?
 

martian

DD Moderator
Location
N Herts
Thanks @martian . I thought (incorrectly) you were growing a mixture of squash and corn. What's happening in the photo of the drill - is he standing on it to get it to dig in better?
Not sure tbh. It was early June and very dry here, but under the straw there was some nice moisture...it wouldn't have needed the extra weight to penetrate
 

martian

DD Moderator
Location
N Herts
@martian - what are you doing with the corn and squash? Is it sweetcorn for corn-on-the-cob, or maize for fodder?
Corn is inedible as we planted wrong sort, squash will be eaten. There isn't that much, it's only a demo plot.

But I have had a buyer get in touch who is after some no-till spuds for chipping...has anyone else grown no-till spuds this year? There is a premium market developing! Just need to mechanise the job a bit, am too old for hand lifting...
 

Ruston3w

Member
Location
south suffolk
Re harvesting, I can't remember the maker (yet) of the air separator harvester shown at a potato demo on Strawston land in Notts, early 90's? Maybe Dewulf? I think it had a rotating disc lifter so would have only had to undercut the tubers part-buried. Lots of noise and dust from the big separator fan,even less fun picking out on there than usual.

Richard.
 

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World Food Day: NFU Cymru celebrates Welsh food producers at the Senedd

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Cymru members and Assembly Members have been celebrating the role that Welsh farmers play in producing nutritious, high quality, safe affordable food during an event at the Senedd today on World Food Day (October 16).

The lunchtime event, which was sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, included a special menu of fine Welsh produce.

Speaking at the event, NFU Cymru...
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