Friday, 29 April 2016

2016 Dates for the diary...

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‘Announcing SPot Farm (East)’

Hand planting of SPot East (Elveden) demonstration plots commenced last week...

Watch this space - where you will hear more from me about the Common Scab control, Crop Nutrition, PCN Management and Irrigation efficiency demonstrations from this site over the year.  

Hand planting of demonstration plots

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Planting halted due to hail and rain

Poor weather in the West Midlands has stopped planting on one of the SPot farm fields, 2 fields planted but the forecast is not good this week.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Cultivations and frustrations at SPot West…

A range of demonstrations are planned for SPot West again this year. 

Lots of detailed planning has gone into determining the best fields and best place to implement the demonstrations. But it’s been cold and often wet (has anyone else noticed that?) and delays have been inevitable.

The site is at Thorpe Constantine (Near junction 11 of the M42) and consists of 
  • Block of three adjoining fields grown for processing market with an additional field a short distance away (chipping and crisping crop)
  • Long gently sloping ground, well drained, little stone content
  • 1 in 6 year rotation
  • Russet Burbank with target yield of 50-55t/ha
  • Separate field with Drip irrigation
Some progress is being made and looking around earlier in the week there will be some interesting things to see.

We have an area drilled with cover crop and some has been left green to be cultivated in. Most of the crop has been burnt off for a few weeks now. I’m worried on the effect it will have on planting but so far the signs have been good. Is it drier under the green cover crop?