Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Visit to two CTF farms - Leicestershire

  • 28 Feb 2017
  • 09:30 - 16:00
  • Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire


  • Available for paid up members of Smart Agri-Systems Platform/SWMC
  • Booking for people who are not members of Smart Agri Platform/SWMC
    (membership currently £30 + VAT per annum)

Registration is closed

Introduction to and exploration of two farms operating with controlled traffic farming systems

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Registration for this event will close at the end of the day on 22nd February


09.30 Arrive/refreshments at Farm 1 (Paul Sheardown, Grange Farm, Woolsthorpe)

10.00 Introduction to this 360 ha farm which is using a
6 m CTF system. The 5-year rotation includes WOSR, rye (for AD), peas, beans and oats and includes some rotational ploughing and mole ploughing in addition to "scratch" tillage.
A dedication to blackgrass control through roguing means this farm has largely survived its rigours!

12.30 Lunch of "Bangers & Mash"
at The Chequers, Woolsthorpe, kindly sponsored by Amazone/RES Tractors

13.30 Introduction to Farm 2 at The Chequers (Keith Challen, Belvoir Fruit Farms)

14.00 Belvoir Fruit Farms, Belvoir. This 1100 ha farm is operating a 12 m OutTrac CTF system with a narrower track gauge of 2.25 m. It is in its fifth year with the combine on CTF, but other 12 m machines have been introduced more recently, e.g. Amazone Citan minimum disturbance drill and Farmet Phantom cultivator.

Mole ploughing is undertaken according to slope and a variable width subsoiler is used on some headlands and elsewhere.

16.00 Refreshments and Depart

Please make your booking before 23 February, otherwise we cannot provide you with lunch


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