Real Results Pioneers – Trialled to be trusted

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For 30 years, a farm in Somerset has carried out on-farm trials to find dependable varieties and fungicide programmes. CPM visits to find the same approach is now being applied to decision support tools. When a genuine step-up in chemistry comes along, you see the difference in our trials, and Revysol doesn’t disappoint. By Tom Allen-Stevens While some farmers will try a new approach along the odd tramline, Somerset grower Mark Doble takes his on-farm trials quite a few steps further. For the past 30 years, he’s trialled a number of varieties side-by-side on undulating land that varies from sand to sand/clay brash at Hurcott Farm, near Ilminster. Each year more than 12 wheat varieties are drilled across the tramlines of a field so he can put a whole host of fungicide treatments to the test along each one. “As well as the farm standard programme and untreated, we have the SDHI-based programmes from all the leading manufacturers, with and without chlorothalonil (CTL) and we’re also looking at the effect of biostimulants and varying the T3 spray application,” he explains. Sprays applied to the trial field are made with the 4m sections of his Knight 24m demount sprayer. “You…
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