Robert Suttons' Diego (left), and Belepi (right) showing contrasting blackgrass levelsRobert Suttons' Diego (left), and Belepi (right) showing contrasting blackgrass levels
The battle on blackgrass has led to a cropping shake-up on one East Midlands farm with conventional second wheats being replaced by a more specialised variety offering a wider drilling window, as well as extra spring malting barley. Robert Sutton, who owns 270ha of land in north-west Nottinghamshire, and manages a further 270ha in partnership with another farmer has already slashed £100/ha from the £250/ha blackgrass was costing him at the peak of the problem, and is continuing to experiment […]