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.


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.


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.


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.