Monitor Farm walk: Petworth
- Registration 10 -10:30 Coffee/ tea
- Welcome and introduction 10:30
- G. Chandler Farming Ltd. tour and discussions 10.50
Mark Chandler, Richard Chandler and Stuart Martin
Main Objective – to develop the arable operation so it can and financially and ethically sustain itself in the future.
Speaker: Prof. Richard Pywell (Science Area Head - Biodiversity ) Centre of Ecology and Hydrology. He will discuss the Assist Experiment, which the Petworth Monitor Farm is undertaking, discussing:
- What the experiment is and the objectives?
- Beneficial integration of biodiversity with intensive farming.
- How it can benefit our crops
- Results so far.
Main Aims of the Assist Experiment:
- Developing new ways to grow food without causing unacceptable environmental impact
- Increase efficiency of food production
- Improve resilience to extreme events
- Reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture
Farm tour to include following as either a site visit or discussion point:
- Soils, breakcrops & rotations/crop establishment - (Soya and oilseed rape)
- Drill and crop establishment trials (see below) - review of the crops drilled
The crop establishment trials at Moor Farm:
- Six plots, 2ha each, two tramlines wide
- Three plots undisturbed
- Three plots cultivated
- Simba SL cultivator straight after combine
- Vaderstadt Carrier Disk
- Weaving LD
Half of each plot was drilled with Skyfall (Wheat) to a depth of 2.5cm with a Horsch drill (tines) and half with a Sky Easy Drill (discs)
YEN – Strategies for profitable and consistent yields. YEN entry – (Wheat) variety illustrious Grp 1 Milling
Cover Crops building nutrients, (Integrated Pest Management) Grass. Weeds, b’grass husbandry
Integration of Countryside Stewardship / NELMS (water management, Carbon footprints)
Biostimulant trials (Reducing chemical dependency / variable costs.)
The Biostimulant field trials at Moor Farm utilising Terra Sorb folia plus on winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley:
- Field scale trial – with fields split for treated and control
- Normal husbandry regime versus additional biostimulant added regime
Introduction to the product:
Terra Sorb folia plus It’s derived entirely from a vegetable source. The amino acids are extracted using a unique process which prevents damage/destruction of any of the amino acids Timing of application- from GS 30 & yellow bud on OSR.
It contains L-amino acids present in their biologically active L form, + other bioactive compounds that act in synergy to stimulate the physiological processes of plants.
- Free Amino Acids........9 % w/w
- Total N ........................ 6 % w/w
- Organic matter........ 20% w/w
Event summary finish & lunch 13.45 (Paul Hill)
If you have any questions about this event, please contact us using the details below.
T 07964 243699