Three UK farmers have been taking part in Britain’s first on-farm trials of a combine-mounted seed mill, putting harvest weed seed control to the test.
The trials, co-ordinated by NIAB, tested the efficacy of the Redekop seed control unit (SCU) in UK conditions. Results of the first year of trials will be revealed at a webinar taking place on Wednesday 16 November at 6:30pm.
Anyone with an interest in the technology can register to attend and will join the Knowledge Cluster tracking progress and helping to shape the project.
Will Smith, senior trials manager at NIAB, has been chasing about this harvest gathering seeds and will reveal all – the results from the trials that have taken place on three farms across the UK.
The three farmers involved in the project will then join BOFIN founder and co-ordinator Tom Allen-Stevens to gather their feedback and their perspective on the ground-breaking trial.
Jake Freestone, farm manager at Overbury Enterprises, Worcestershire, has an SCU fitted to his John Deere S685i combine to tackle a bit of a problem with meadow brome.
Ted Holmes, Velcourt farm manager in Warwickshire, has an SCU fitted to his New Holland CR9.90 and for him, ryegrass is enemy no1.
Adam Driver of Driver Farms, Suffolk, is hoping the SCU fitted to his Claas Lexion 8800 will stop the lines of blackgrass in the following crop where it spreads the chaff.
Joining the discussion from Canada will be Trevor Thiessen, co-owner and president at Redekop Manufacturing. He’ll offer further insight into the SCU and bring us up to date on latest developments.
The panel will also be addressing questions and discussing suggestions live from webinar attendees. This is the point at which the Knowledge Cluster will help decide how the project goes forward and the activities it will undertake.
The webinar is ideal for farmers, scientists or anyone who’s curious about how this technology can control up to 98% of even highly resistant weeds without the merest sniff of a chemical – not even glyphosate.
It’s free to attend and there’s no obligation. All you need to do is register. If the date’s not good for you, register anyway and you’ll be sent a link to access the recording after the event.