FACT-FIND­ING TRIP: Farm­ers off to Ar­gentina

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

WITH en­ergy and fuel con­ser­va­tion up­per­most in peo­ple’s minds, a group of Kent farm­ers have set off to Ar­gentina this week to in­ves­ti­gate the latest ma­chine tech­nol­ogy for plant­ing seeds with­out heavy plough­ing and cul­ti­va­tions. The sys­tem is known as Di­rect Drilling and the group plans to dis­cover which ma­chines, de­vel­oped over many years in Ar­gentina, will be best suited to Kent con­di­tions. They are pic­tured be­fore they left in a lo­cal field of oilseed rape – one of the crops that can be es­tab­lished with a frac­tion of the trac­tor fuel needed for tra­di­tional meth­ods, so slash­ing the car­bon foot­print. Any­one in­ter­ested in this method should con­tact Pip Col­lick at Ham­p­den Farm, Ruckinge, on 01233 732349, who is al­ready grow­ing crops this way.

Farm­ers in­spect lo­cal oilseed rape be­fore leav­ing for a study tour to Ar­gentina

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