CS vs 750a Xmas update

It’s about 6 weeks since drilling, and the field is looking good, with only a small amount of blackgrass. Excellent. The nice people at ProCam have set up some plant population experiments for me, and have now performed two counts. At one end of the field (slightly lighter soil) there are 10 sample locations for eachContinue reading “CS vs 750a Xmas update”

The incredible power of rotational ploughing

is, in my opinion, greatly overstated. Several years ago I went to a Procam talk about blackgrass. I was going to paraphrase what they said, but a quick google brings it up: Blackgrass seeds decline quickly at depth, so the numbers of viable seeds brought back up will be low, especially if ploughing is onlyContinue reading “The incredible power of rotational ploughing”

Day 64 – How no-till soils are different in Brazil

Sao Paolo airport has four terminals. In the hour and a bit I spent trying to find a sim card, some reasonably priced Brazilian currency, and a bus to the Ibis hotel, I visited them all, some more than once. It’s a fun way to end the day, especially at 11pm. The next morning I hadContinue reading “Day 64 – How no-till soils are different in Brazil”

Day 61 – Jesus: Rice Superstar

I’d only ever spent 3 hours in Uruguay before this trip, but for some reason I’ve always liked it. This time there was no queue at customs, my bag was the first off the plane (that’s a new one for me) and I could buy a cheap local sim card at the airport. A great start.Continue reading “Day 61 – Jesus: Rice Superstar”

Day 58 – Tables (water & food)

The flight didn’t turn out so badly; I was asleep before the drinks came round, and woke up 8 hours later. After watching the excellent film Boyhood, which I couldn’t figure out how they made, we landed and got in line at immigration. A few hours later, and with some black market Pesos in myContinue reading “Day 58 – Tables (water & food)”

Day 55 – Worm juice & Claying

I spent the night near Gingin, but I’ll come back to that in tomorrow’s blog. A bit of last minute planning was called on to arrange a visit to Diane Haggerty, who farms with her husband Ian on the more marginal land on the eastern side of the wheat belt. They have an interesting story,Continue reading “Day 55 – Worm juice & Claying”

What’s happening at home (First edition)

It’s the first non Nuffield Travel blog post. Hurray. I thought both my readers may be interested in what we have going on at home this year. Here are five little experiments, listed in what I would consider increasing order of potential for peril. 1) Cover Cropping This is our third year of cover cropping.Continue reading “What’s happening at home (First edition)”