As the shed doors close after a challenging harvest ‘23 we have been busy sowing the Nickerson demonstration sites for the coming season.
We have three sites this year. In Aberdeenshire at Savock Farms, Ellon by kind permission of Andrew Booth.
In Fife at Wellsgreen Farm by kind permission of WS & J Whiteford and in conjunction with Forth Crop Solutions and in the borders at Barelees Farm by kind permission of the Todd family.
At each site we have current popular varieties and new varieties to look at from both the Limagrain wheat breeding program as well as other breeders. Our focus this year has been on seed rates, so many varieties have been sown at different rates.
Cultivation and the rotation position is different on each site. At Savock the demonstration is after winter oil seed rape, cultivated with a Simba XL and sown with an Amazon drill, at Wellsgreen the demonstration is following spring barley cultivated with Simba SL and sown with a Lemken power harrow drill. The Barelees site is after peas harvested in June and then sown in a cover crop. Most of the field was cultivated with a Terrano the day before sowing with an area left to allow us to drill into the cultivated area and directly into the cover crop with a Vaderstad Rapid.
Updates will be posted throughout the season but if anyone would like to visit any of the sites please contact either Nick or Douglas.Meet our new seed specialist for the North West, George Hall
I am delighted to have started my new role as a Seed Specialist at Nickerson.
I will be covering the North West, North Wales and North Shropshire areas. Since graduating with a BSc Agricultural degree, I had been working on the family farm, which is a 300-acre arable and livestock enterprise where we run 100 Hereford cows and 300 sheep.
We crop approximately 100 acres of the farm annually, this year we will be growing LG Typhoon winter wheat and LG Caravelle winter barley, which will be used on the farm for livestock feed, with excess sold into the feed market.
The livestock enterprise is run with an emphasis placed on maximising daily live weight gain from forage. We improve grazing leys through over seeding on rotation, in addition to including high yielding grass mixtures, as part of the arable rotation for ensiling.
I am excited to meet my customer base throughout the area and assist you with fulfilling your farms’ potential.
If there is anything I can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07860 590 412 or firstname.lastname@example.orgA word from Sean Lovegreen as we go into harvest 23
What a difference a year can make! July 2022 saw a record-breaking temperature of over 400C
. This year, in stark contrast we have just endured one of the wettest Julys ever recorded, adding pressure and complication to both harvest and sowing. Whilst moisture is a key driver to establishing OSR it’s also a huge challenge when trying to harvest nearly twelve months of hard work and investment. Fortunately, LG genetics can help de-risk some of the challenges with such traits as pod shatter resistance and high vigour in our OSR, or standing power, sprouting resistance, harvest date and disease resistance in autumn cereals. Whilst we have no influence on the weather, we can make a big difference with the choices we make when selecting varieties for the next season. Which is where dealing with a Nickerson Seed Specialist can have a positive effect on helping growers select the correct varieties to maximise the benefit from strong LG genetics.