The great crop protection debate
I think the next meeting (‘The Great Crop Protection Debate’, 1 March 2018) is going to be very interesting.
We, as farmers, are needing to know more about the treatments we are giving our crops. With margins getting increasingly tighter we can no longer leave it to the agronomist to walk the farm and send us the invoice, but without the chemical the crop will die. I have neighbouring farmers who are going it alone and buying their chemicals independently – I don’t have that confidence!
The weather is finally drying up and we can hope to get the first application of fertiliser on and any chemicals needed. Spring cropping will follow, starting with spring beans, rape and then barley, mostly min till with some ploughing of the heavier land and after stubble turnips grazed by the sheep. The wet winter has delayed any cultivation work so long hours will be the name of the game!
Being part of the Monitor Farm programme is helping me to make better decisions on-farm by learning from others via knowledge exchange – something that I hope will be transferable. No longer must we hide what we do on farm: together it can be made to work by sharing the information we all have.