FACT-FINDING TRIP: Farmers off to Argentina
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