Real Results Pioneers – No compromise in blackgrass battle

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Experience has shaped a multi-tool blackgrass strategy at Troston Farms in Suffolk, with crop productivity the key priority. CPM visits to find out how it’s developed and what part new chemistry will play. Yield is king. Compromise that and you increase cost of production. By Tom Allen-Stevens You can see to a line where the Skyscraper winter wheat stops and the spring-sown Mulika starts. But it’s a job to tell which one looks the better crop. “We drilled as much as we could late in the autumn, but in the end, I asked myself whether it was worth mauling in a winter wheat in late November and lost my nerve. We pulled the stumps and decided to come back in the spring,” says Edward Vipond. We’re standing in his “failure field”, one he knows is bad for blackgrass. It’s been the site of bruising lessons that have helped shape a strategy against the grassweed across the 1500ha Troston Farms Edward manages near Bury St Edmunds, owned by the Claas family. This year, as well as the two-tone wheat, there’s a tramline in the same field that’s received a pre-emergence dose of Luximo (cinmethylin), the new blackgrass herbicide from…
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...