Enter Bostock’s Agricultural contractors from Tean, stoke on Trent, an agricultural contracting business understanding the need to improve the environmental footprint of maize—and having had great success in reduced cultivation cereal establishment with a direct disc drill, this is now another tool in the toolbox to help the transition towards no till and regenerative agricultural principles.
Once the cultivator has been through, the ground is left for 24hrs to settle and then With the Azurit, LEMKEN drill the maize is sown at 75cm that has set standards in precision seeding. The staggered placement of the grains in the Delta Row triangle provides the plants with more nutrients, more water and more light. With this advantage for the plant, a higher yield can be achieved with the same crop density.
By only cultivating the strip into which the seed will be planted, a large proportion of the soil is, in effect, left uncultivated. This not only reduces the costs and HP requirement of establishing the crop, but also increases the infiltration rate of the soil and so reducing the likelihood of water running off. It also helps maintain organic matter levels in the soil, improving water holding capacity and trafficability come harvest.
Liquid Digestate was applied at 40cm3/ha directly in the furrow of the strip till machine, placing crucial elements such as phosphorus and potassium, which are required in great quantities especially potassium during the development stage until tasseling occurs.