No-Till Farming System
We have taken the leap of selling all of our tillage equipment replacing our drill with a Cross Slot drill (New Zealand Ultra Low Disturbance drill) Primewest contractors have designed a frame to hang the New Zealand openers from. A major part of the system the new drill will be integrating into will involve a change in rotation and the inclusion of cover crops.

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The Primewest Cross Slot drill came here on 17th March 2014 and drilled direct into a thin cover crop of mustard, the soil is very flinty and was incredibly hard in places, but the drill coped well.
On the back of this successful trial we ordered a 5 meter drill to arrive for spring drilling 2015, ours will be the 4th Cross Slot drill in the UK. By July 2015 there will be 14 drills.


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The Spring barley which was drilled with the cross slot yielded well, on a par with our more conventionally planted fields. This autumn Primewest returned to drill 100 acres of wheat, all went in well and is up and growing.

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After drilling we had 57mm (2 1/4”) of rain in a 4 hour over night storm. This storm led to some significant soil erosion in a couple of fields. There was however a very good display of the benefits of No-till over Tillage where next door fields were drilled on the same day, 1 by the Cross slot (picture on right) the other with tillage (picture on left). The hedge in the pictures is the same hedge.
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