Update from the Roadshott Field: What's on at the 'No-Till Day' 2017

One of the things that makes The Groundswell No-Till Show unique is the opportunity to see all the top direct-drilling machinery on the market in action, with field-scale demonstrations across challenging soils to really put them through their paces. 

Photo from 2016 Groundswell Show. 

Photo from 2016 Groundswell Show. 


For 2017 we have planted 3 different mixes of cover crops, drilled on different dates, across the field. Each drill will work through a mixture of cover crop heights and species, in order to give delegates a thorough view of each drill’s performance in a range of real life conditions.  The lovely rain we've had over the past week or so has really got them growing.

Map of the No-Till Demo plan showing Cover Crop strips.  Each Drill will demonstrate at set times across the day.

Map of the No-Till Demo plan showing Cover Crop strips.  Each Drill will demonstrate at set times across the day.

 

We have many different drill manufacturers represented at the No-Till Day on 29th June, all ready to show off their direct drilling kit. These are: HorschSlyAgri-LincRyetecDaleWeavingCrossSlotJohn Deere and Simtech-Aitchison. You can hear direct from some of these companies via our interviews in this blog. 

Kings, our Cover Crop Partner, have been nurturing their cover crop demonstration zone and the results are now really showing. With a little bit of help from Harry and his hose during the dry spell, the seedlings are now well on their way and will soon be uncovered. The cover field trial plot will give delegates a great overview of the different seed mixes on offer from Kings for their cover crop needs.


In addition to all the excitement on the drill front, you’ll be able to inspect our 2-year herbal ley from the bottom-up, from our 1.5m-deep soil pit. Beside this there’ll be soil experts a-plenty holding forth in the Soil Tent, including Bud Davis with his fascinating Rainfall Simulator, showing the impact of 2” rain upon differently tilled soils. Finally, there are our ‘no-till spuds’, an experiment in zero tillage potato growing. They are growing well and it will be exciting to see if they bear a successful harvest. 

The No-Till Spud experiment area in the Roadshott Field at Groundswell

The No-Till Spud experiment area in the Roadshott Field at Groundswell


With all this going on in the Roadshott Field, you’ll be hard pressed to find time to get down to the 2 speaker barns, where you will find renowned soil’s ecologist Dr. Christine Jones, soil health consultant Joel Williams, nutrition expert Graeme Sait and author David Montgomery, among many more… It's going to be a jam-packed day. 

Click on the links for full information about speakersexhibitors and drill demonstrations on each day of the show.

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for the Groundswell No-Till Show. The Drill Demonstrations will take place on the 29th June only.