7 June 1996

JSRtrials show promise

YORKS farming company JSR Farms, Southburn, near Driffield, has examined Advantage for two seasons.

The trials show promise, especially on colder gravel soils and higher wold land, says agronomist Jon Schellingerhout. This season JSR Farms bought 28 units of Advantage-treated Zulu seed, enough to sow about 20% of its 129ha (320 acres) of beet. It plans to repeat the order this year.

"There is no yield benefit as far as I am aware on our crops. Standard seed soon catches up once it has emerged. But Advantage is very useful for the larger grower, as it gives a degree of flexibility to the drilling programme," says Mr Schellingerhout.

Sowing normally starts towards the end of March, when soil conditions are right. Advantage is not needed on most fields this late but it suits the more backward soils, since the crop emerges three to five days sooner than conventional seed, he explains.

That allows the farm to push on with drilling. Previously, sowing would have been delayed until soils warmed to avoid leaving struggling crops prone to millipedes.

Advantage also helps spread the sprayer workload, he says. &#42