7 February 1997

New ideas to the fore

CULTIVATING new ideas could help cut establishment costs without compromising yield or quality. To find out how, FW has joined forces with Vaderstad to assemble some of Europes leading agronomists and machinery advisers to speak at a conference to be held at the ICI Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambs, on Mar 19.

So, if you think your tillage costs are higher than they should be, make a date to attend our ground-breaking conference Cultivating New Ideas.


9.30am-10am Registration and coffee

10am-10.10am Introduction by conference chairman, FW Editor Stephen Howe, and welcome by Lars Hannell, managing director Vaderstad UK.

10.10am-10.50am Early drilling and reduced seed rates

Jacob Keersgaard, head adviser at independent arable advisory group Tureby Koge Landboforening, Denmark. Mr Keersgaard explains how results of trials on drilling dates for winter cereals could help growers plan drilling programmes more effectively.

10.50am-11.30am Minimal cultivations in France

Denis Boisgontier, head of the farm machinery department at the French governments advisory service ITCF, outlines how French growers are using research into minimal cultivations to cut machinery costs and to improve soil structure.

11.30am-12.10pm Soil cultivation in UK

Prof Richard Godwin, head of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of research at Silsoe College, Cranfield University, looks at why it pays to plan your cultivation strategy to match soil type and structure.


1.50pm-2.30pm The costings jigsaw

John Bailey, ADASs senior mechanisation consultant, shows how to cut costs without sacrificing soil structure or timeliness.

2.30pm-3.10pm Managing and motivating people

Alistair Gibb, manager of Velcourts Red Post Farm, Dorset, asks are you getting the best from your farm staff? Mr Gibb explains how motivating people more effectively can lift productivity.

3.10pm-3.40pm Products, concepts and finance

Einar Gudmundsson, Vaderstad agronomist, explores the latest thinking on using tillage techniques to cut costs.

3.40pm-4pm Summary – Stephen Howe, FW Editor, farmers weekly.

4pm Tea and departure.

Please reserve me………….priority places at the Vaderstad Tillage Conference CULTIVATING NEW IDEAS held in association with farmers weekly.

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Please fill in the necessary details, and post this application form with your cheque to: Vaderstad Ltd, Unit 5, North Anston Business Centre, Houghton Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S31 7JJ.