The Nuffield conference is over. Two days of everyone presenting. Congratulations to all scholars.
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2011 celebration for the end of harvest festival. We had a hog and beef roast and puddings. When you get everyone who is involved with PX it soon becomes a small army. The weather was a saving grace with the sun shining and no wind. It was wonderful to be able to host everyone at the farmhouse. What a wonderful day, i very much enjoyed the afternoon. Well done to Ailis for organising the day.
Tim Howard bought a subsoiler for demonstration. It was at 20″ deep and the subsoiler with a 6″ wings and narrower leg than our current. An intended 11 leg machine trailed is proposed.
The disadvantage is the only machines to carry the subsoiler between farms is a cat challenger which causes unnecessary wear and tear on the tracks.
The drawbar will be fitted with a liquid fertiliser tank and nozzles fitted to each leg.
The Vaderstad bio drill will be fitted to the rear for applying the oil seed rape with radar.
This machine will work well when subsoiling is required and drilling oil seed rape at the same time. Land will take time to come around to controlled traffic and the subsoiler will be a key machine to wipe the slate clean. When going onto new farms this will be a key machine to start the process and will able to be used on all crops reducing cost and speeding up the process.
Operation wise is seems easier to use due to pin location for depth not threaded links. The legs come complete with points and wings. So only changing one part. This alone should speed up the wearing parts down time. Shear bolts are changeable by pin and R clip.
We will use a tractor to move the machine between farms for the cat challengers, improving efficiency and cost.
Over the last year Emma Baker, one of ITV Anglia’s reporters has been following the life of one of the fields at Scotland Farm. The field in question was our 116 acre Cherry Tree field and the feature was broadcast on ITV on 16th September as part of British Food Fortnight. With some incredible time lapse photography and interviews over the months leading up to harvest this provided some great publicity for both PX Farms and farming in general.