As every arable farmers know the art of seedbed preparation is a vital part of securing a healty crop and high yield. In this blog we run through the requirements of a good seedbed and how best to create one.
Cultivation methods have changed over time, partly driven by the necessity to reduce the cost per acre of crop production, and also to be more effective with the time and resources available. Here we review the different tillage methods available to the modern farmer from the origins of cultivation in the plough, to direct drilling and zero tillage.
Ellis Machinery's five steps to improving your grass yields and ultimately your profitability. Not enough effort put in up front in the care for the soil or incorrect applications can result in waste, a poor crop and affect animal health.
Following the popularity of our original guide to ploughing we have put together some more tips for setting up and using a plough, including some useful trouble-shooting for common ploughing problems.
Times have moved on considerably since 1892 when John Froelich invented the first petrol powered tractor. This breakthrough was soon to revolutionise the farming industry. During the 1920’s the new concept really took off, with tractors beginning to become mainstream.
Black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides Huds) has become the major grass-weed and herbicide resistance problem on arable farms throughout the UK. To control this weed long term there has to be a strategy of cultural, rotational and herbicidal methods. With limited scope for further gains in chemical techniques more and more farmers are getting back-to-basics with cultural control methods to attempt to manage this widespread and difficult weed.
When looking at farm machinery do you ever find yourself thinking "I wish I could try it before I buy it..."
Drones, to the growing number of science based farmers, simply means a low-cost aerial camera platform, using either miniature fixed-wing airplanes or quadcopters and other multibladed helicopters.