A tractor ploughing a field© Tim Scrivener
Three Cambridgeshire growers are fighting back against a heavy yield penalty imposed by blackgrass with a new establishment system and have seen a dramatic turnaround in just 12 months. Declining effectiveness of chemical control culminated in harvest 2015 when David Felce and brothers David and Stephen Ellerbeck saw crop yields halve from 11-12t/ha to 5-6t/ha in the worst areas. Now they have pushed back drilling dates, ploughed the most blackgrass-infested land, used low-disturbance cultivation equipment on the rest and widened […]