Direct drilling: could it be the way forward?

Direct drilling crops, whether it is using a no-till or strip-till drill, or a drill that cultivates the whole width of the drill, is gaining popularity in many parts of the world.

Large belts of South and North American crops are now established using a direct drill. Worldwide over 117m ha of crops were drilled using a no-till drill in 2010.

Yet in the UK the technique remains in the hands of a relatively few dedicated growers.

In a new dedicated area of FWi, we take a look at why direct drilling has taken off in other parts of the world, what has hindered its adoption in Europe and the UK, and an in-depth guide to what kit is available, and look at how some growers are making it work in the UK.

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