Variable rate farming: Bridgnorth
About the meeting
Precision agriculture technologies potentially give farmers the tools to help them identify and manage variability within fields. Armed with data, you can fine tune your operations, potentially increasing productivity and profits.
Joined by Professor Simon Blackmore (Harper Adams) and Sarah Kendall (ADAS) we plan to discuss:
- How farmers could start out into variable rate technologies
- Capital costs involved; can it be viable on a smaller family farm?
- Conductivity, yield and gross margin mapping; how do we use this information?
- How do seed rate/plant population affect yield?
- Target ear numbers for farms in Shropshire
About the farm
Adrian has been Farm Manager for the Apley Estate, just north of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, since 2011. He is responsible for 650ha of arable cropping. He runs a five-year rotation on the predominantly medium soils, which includes wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats and potatoes. A policy of minimal cultivation with rotational ploughing is employed and most of the labour and machinery required is run in-house. Grain storage and marketing is done on farm and the farm uses an independent agronomist. In addition to the arable land, the farm includes 300ha of grassland which is used for a suckler cow herd and a beef finishing unit. Tack sheep graze the grassland and stubble turnips during the winter. Adrian would like to look at variable rate nitrogen, alternative break crops, grass weed control and cover crops during the programme.
For more information please contact Richard Meredith, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org