Continuing our series of drill demonstration previews, we caught up with Simon Weaving of Weaving Machinery, based in Evesham, Worcestershire, to hear about the two drills his team are bringing to Groundswell 2017, and some exciting product developments in the pipeline.
What will Weaving be bringing to Groundswell this year?: We are excited to be bringing both our GD3000M & GD6000T drills to demonstrate at Groundswell again this year, so visitors are able to see both drills in action.
What is the unique offering that Weaving machinery brings to the conservation minded farmer?: We have been in the 'zero-till game' for almost 20 years. Over this long period of time we have learnt that customers require a drill that is simple and quick to operate, reliable and allows them to concentrate of the other important factors that contribute to a healthy and profitable crop.
What are your predictions for the future of no-till farming in the UK?: We see no-till farming gaining strength in the UK. With the cost of production in a conventional set-up being so high compared to the current grain price we feel that UK farmers are going to have to seriously consider their farming policy. UK farmers are not willing for their yields to be reduced and we feel that with the right machine this isn't something that should happen. Shows like Groundswell are very important to pass on knowledge about different farming practices, and for those who want to see how to get into no-till farming.
Any product or company news you’d like to share?: We are developing a low disturbance Subsoiler to help relieve compaction. We are also in the process of developing a GD3000M Grain & Fertiliser drill to add to our current range of Grain & Fertiliser GD Drills, research shows us that operators are wanting to apply a small amount of fertiliser whilst drilling their crop, this request has come from both the UK and Europe.
Why does your company think it’s a good idea to attend Groundswell 2017?: We believe the ethos of Groundswell is a fantastic one: 'A farming conference designed by farmers for farmers'. Last year when we attended the show we were very impressed with the attendees, and how they were all so willing to learn more about no-till. Being able to see so many different drills working in the same field is great for people to make their own minds up as to what route is best for them.
And finally, what’s your favourite colour when it comes to farm machinery?: We have two colours that are both very close to our hearts, RAL3001 & Fendt Green.
We look forward to seeing Weaving's drills in action on the No-Till Day at Groundswell, June 29th.
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