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  • The Farm Sale

    No I am not having a farm sale here, but a couple of years ago a neighbouring farm sold up and I sent quite a few items up to be sold back then. Now another neighbour is having a dispersal sale and again I am contributing some more of my deadstock, to be sold at his sale this spring. (2014). I have been...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Fri, Mar 14 2014
  • So Wheat Crops - How are you looking after the Winter?

    One of the key wheat growing lessons I learnt from my Nuffield travels was the need to get the plant population right in order to set the crop up to optimise yield. Too thick i.e. too much biomass and the crop has a greater risk of lodging and if it stays upright then there will be less light interception...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Feb 5 2014
  • He's a Record Breaker -Day 26

    The following morning I set off in search of a world record holder. Mike Solari currently holds the Guinness Book of Records highest recorded wheat yield in the world. The record, harvested on the 8 th March 2010 was a crop of Einstein, which averaged out at 15.637 t/Ha. Mike farms with his wife Margaret...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Sat, Dec 21 2013
  • Day 15 - Back in the Fields

    It was an early start on Day 15 of the Nuffield trip with an appointment in Ashburton, the heart of the Canterbury Plains with Graeme Jones, Arable Business Manager for PGGWrightson Seeds . PGGW are a seed producing company who grow and market many small seeds around the world. The New Zealand climate...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Dec 11 2013
  • Nuffield Travels Day 14 - Another World Class Farm!

    Monday morning soon came around after a late night writing a couple of blogs, packing up, doing some washing and getting ready to take Tom to the airport. We took the scenic route over the Rakaia gorge to see what effects the previous days rain has had on the flow rates. There certainly was a lot more...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Mon, Dec 9 2013
  • Nuffield in New Zealand Day 11 - Farms and Trials

    Friday was an early start and a fine end to the week in the Canterbury area. We met up with farm agronomist Roger Lasham who works, part time for Turley Farms and runs his own agronomy service as well. Turley farms is a very large farming operation growing around 15 different crops and producing many...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Dec 8 2013
  • Nuffield Trip Day 10 - 2 Exceptional Operators

    Thursday the 5th of December and Tom and I first headed down around Ashburton to visit the first of two first class farmers operating Cross Slot drills. First up was David Ward who has been using the Cross Slot System since 1995. The farm is a silt farm over gravel/shingle with irrigation. The farm soils...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Dec 6 2013
  • Day 8 - Time for a Tour of the District

    Our host Alec Wright; Nuffield Scholar, in Methven graciously showed us around the district this morning visiting his sons farm first thing to drop off some lunch made by Jean, Alec's wife. We looked at the silage operation before moving up to some higher and stony ground to look at some direct drilled...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Dec 3 2013
  • Nuffield Day 4 - Mixed Farming But One Thing in Common

    Day 4 already and I have to admit that it's been a bit of a blur since we arrived. I can't believe what we have seen since arriving on Tuesday and it's Friday already. What a day Friday turned out to be. Tom and I had the pleasure of being driven around the Taranaki District by John Baker...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Nov 29 2013
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