What did you miss at Rougham T0 Open Day?
FARMING WITHOUT SUBSIDIES IN NEW ZEALAND
Guest speaker Beth Duchesne, Senior Agribusiness Consultant at Bidwells, presented reflections from her recent trip to New Zealand. She summarised her visits to three different farms along with their views and reactions to farming without subsidies.
Here is a snapshot of Beth's learnings:
- Collaborate (outsource work, share land and use supply chain)
- Diversify (i.e. reintroduce stock)
- Research and find alternative markets
- Re-use and repair, don't buy new kit
- Innovate and improve efficiencies
- 15 year rotations (wheat, malting barley, peas/beans, grass & white clover for seed, radish, cabbage and beet deed)
Beth asked New Zealand farmers what advice they'd give to British farmers going forward:
- Accept the change ahead
- Work with your cash flow, not against it
- Look further than the farm gate
- Although New Zealand agriculture is not as profitable as it once was, it is more resilient
OILSEED RAPE UPDATE FROM GEORGINA WOOD
Pollen beetle are out! Remember not to spray until the threshold is met.
There are many trials going on at Rougham this year; to try and understand how we can minimise the effects of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle we are looking at cultivation techniques, seed rates, companion cropping with mustard and even removing green matter from the plants.
WINTER CEREALS UPDATE FROM JAMES SOUTHGATE
Due to the nature of trials, its often hard to replicate farm conditions, so we decided to do some larger trials with equipment you would use on farm.
Here we looked at the effects of different drill row spacing, and types of drills on establishment and inter crop competition. We'll be looking at this more closely in future meetings to see the impact it has on tiller production and light interception. We are examining seed rate requirements for different varieties, across a range of drilling dates, as well as exploring the influence of macro and micro nutrients.
In the final cereal trial we wanted to identify differences between disease pressures in varieties. Different varieties have variable growth habits, and as such, growth stages. These trials allow us to correctly adapt an appropriate T0 PGR and fungicide programme.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see at the next Rougham Meeting - details below!