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Trials Open Day Succes

Trials Open Day Succes

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Category: Pearce Seeds News

Pearce Seeds hosted there 4th Open Day at our trials site at Pumber Farm and with over 150 farmers in attendance many of whom had travelled from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon the day was a huge success with both the trade and farming community engaging with each other.

“This is the 4th year we have conducted the trials day and it is growing every year” said Ken Tuffin, Pearce Seeds - Managing Director, “To be able to engage with farmers and show them what we are doing here is fantastic, the goal of the trials farm is to be a centre of agricultural excellence that can provide useful information for our part of the world.  We want it to be a resource that local farmers can use”

This year the format has changed from a whole farm tour in previous years to a “hop on, hop off” tractor tour where attendees could pick and choose which stations that they would like to see.  Stations on offer this year included;

  • Fungicide trail:  Examining the effects on JB Diego which is the largest variety grown in the UK of using SDHI + Azoles at T1
  • Oilseed Rape variety trials;  Over 40 Varieties in trials this year
  • Winter Wheat trials:  All varieties on the HGCA list in trial as well coded lines and non-listed varieties that Pearce Seeds know perform reliably well in the South West such as ExSept winter wheat
  •  Forage Crops
  • KWS Breeding plots looking at conventional OSR, wheat after maize and energy crops
  • DSV – Terralife mixtures.  Currently a hot topic with the greening element part of the new single farm payment scheme DSV are trialling a range of green manure crops, cover crops and fertility building plant mixes. 
  • Maize plots.  These will be on show again in September when we have a maize open day.  As well as variety trials we have this trialled early and late drilling dates.

There was significant interest in the DSV stand which allowed a platform for discussion on  CAP Reform, the new basic payment scheme and greening with Louisa Stratton from the Campaign for the Farmed Environment

The Open Day also saw the launch of Pearce Seeds new variety booklet.  This is an easy to read brochure where we have picked key varieties to suit our trading area, with information that is relevant at the farm level such as suitable soil types, position in the rotation and end use, as well as the usual disease statistics.  Pearce Seeds have also included our own yield data as well as the HGCA data and a Gross Yield figure similar to what has been published for OSR which balances yield and oil.  This is the first time a Gross yield figure for cereals has been published and it examines grain yield and a premium for quality.  Base price was set at £135 for feed with a £5 premium for Group 3 and soft group 4s and a £20 premium for milling varieties. 

“We want to evaluate varieties for earning potential rather than straight feed” Said Pearce Seeds group manager Paul Taylor. “The quality wheat’s are showing that when a gross yield is considered they are more profitable and with the UK looking like having an exportable surplus again, we should be considering growing for a premium market”

Trade stands were in attendance.  These included;

  • Plant breeders – DSV KWS, Senova, Limagrain, Pioneer, Monsanto
  • Chemical Manufacturers – Syngenta,  De Sangosse
  • Machinery – CJ Cox, C&O Tractors, C. Smart Agricultural Service, G.C.S Agricentre, F.J Chalkes
  • Agricultural businesses – Smiths Gore, Wessex Grain, NFU, Pearce Energy, Courtyard Farm Partnership, Campaign for the farmed environment.

 Article by Andrew Clune.


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