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Keep to the Strip to reduce drilling costs

Establishing oilseed rape with a subsoiler and broadcaster seeder has encouraged Toby Saunders to adopt a similar one-pass approach to the planting of cereal crops. At the time of making the change it was a major leap of faith from his proven plough-then cultivate-before-drilling strategy, but the move appears to have worked.

“We tend to concentrate on variable costs, but we need to look at our establishment costs, too” says Mr Saunders. “For instance, in the past with oilseed rape we used to work the land down to an onion bed, but after switching to a subsoiler system, we went on to achieve as good if not better results. We wanted to apply the same thinking to our cereal crops.

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