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    M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018 M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018

    MOUNTFAIR FARMING 4

    THE STORY SO FAR 5

    ACTIVITY REPORT 6

    ANALYTICAL REPORT 7

    ANALYSIS RESULTS (LEAF) 8

    DRONE-BASED IMAGERY 9

    2018 WINTER WHEAT VARIETY TRIALS 13

    SKYFALL ..........................................................................14 KWS SISKIN ..................................................................14 KWS LILI ..........................................................................15 ZULU ..................................................................................15 KWS BASSET ................................................................16 KWS BARREL ...............................................................16 ELICIT ................................................................................17 LEEDS ................................................................................17 REVELATION ................................................................18 LG SUNDANCE ...........................................................18 LG MOTOWN ...............................................................19 LG MOTOWN + VIBRANCE DUO ..................19 RGT UNIVERSE ...........................................................20 KWS JACKAL................................................................20 ELATION ..........................................................................21 LG SKYSCRAPER .......................................................21 GRAFTON .......................................................................22 DICKENS .........................................................................22 COSTELLO......................................................................23 GRAHAM ........................................................................23 DUNSTON ......................................................................24 SHABRAS ........................................................................24 RGT GRAVITY ..............................................................25 GLEAM ..............................................................................25

    ALZON® neo-N 26

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 27

    Contents

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    M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018 M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018

    On the technical side Jorin Grimsdale is responsible for farms management, agronomy and the overall business management, whilst Aidan, a qualified mechanical engineer, is operations director and takes responsibility for the daily operations, workshop and machinery maintenance. The workshop also undertakes fabrication projects.

    Both Jorin and Aidan have key interests in soil health and understand how vitally important it is in farming. Operating a 12m/36M controlled traffic farming system, less than 20% of the fields are driven on which is helping to improve soil structure throughout the business.

    Conductivity scanning and nutrient sampling are used to measure nutrients and soil type, allowing variable targeted

    applications of seed, Lime and NPK. Nitrogen application is applied using the Yara N-Sensor and a drone is now assisting to give a new perspective to the farming practice.

    Mountfair operate a non-inversion cultivation system to enhance soil organisms which, coupled with importing compost, cattle manure and hen manure, aims to maintain and increase soil organic matter levels and increase earthworm numbers.

    McCreath Simpson & Prentice is an essential partner for our farming business and they independently supply key inputs to consistently meet our demands in the process of efficient crop production year after year.

    MOUNTFAIR FARMING IS AN AGRI – BUSINESS SPECIALISING IN CONTRACT FARMING & FARM MANAGEMENT SERVICES.

    MANAGED BY JORIN AND AIDAN GRIMSDALE THE BROTHERS OPERATE OUT OF MOUNTFAIR FARM AND HILTON FARM. THE BUSINESS MANAGES OVER 2100HA IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS AND NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND.

    AS A PROGRESSIVE AND DYNAMIC BUSINESS THEIR AIM IS TO MAXIMISE INCOME AND INCREASE LONG-TERM PRODUCTIVITY FOR THE LANDOWNERS WHILST USING A SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH.

    WHEAT VARIETY TRIALS AT MOUNTFAIR FARM, THE STORY SO FAR...

    Following a very wet harvest period the wheat variety plots ended up going into very good conditions on 4th October at Mountfair Farm, thanks to the help of Ian Robertson and Peter Gregory with a 3m Amazone combination drill and also a spell of good weather. Following drilling it didn’t take long for the variety plots to emerge, where both KWS Basset and LG Motown were quickest out of the blocks, with the KWS Basset putting down notably more green leaf area before the winter closed in.

    The plots were mapped numerous times by Drone AG and corresponding plant counts were carried out throughout the season. Other than a lot of grazing by rabbits on the Skyfall and Siskin plots, we saw a notable difference between the plant counts from the plots of LG Motown, with one plot seed treated with Redigo Deter and the other with Vibrance Duo. During each plant count, the Vibrance Duo plot showed a greater number of tillers. If this is carried all the way through to harvest only time will tell!

    This season so far has been one to remember with ‘The Beast from the East’ hitting us in February and 80 mm of rain falling in April. This has produced a spring that was

    very slow to start, producing a very low disease pressure year with limited Septoria tritici being present at our site, and yellow rust being totally absent. The usual candidates are still there however, with mildew being found in Leeds, but also in RGT Gravity.

    As we approached ear emergence it was clear to see the different speeds of development exhibited by the different varieties, with the usual early varieties of Grafton, Graham and LG Motown coming into ear much sooner than the like of Leeds or Revelation. It was also quite apparent the differences in crop height, both in the treated and untreated blocks.

    Several varieties caught the eye throughout the trial with KWS Basset looking the strongest in the early weeks following establishment. LG Sundance was very slow to get moving in the spring, however it has now overtaken some of the slower developing varieties. Leeds has always looked well throughout the trial as have both plots of LG Motown, with RGT Gravity & LG Skyscraper catching the eye following flag leaf emergence and then ear emergence.

    Mean plants per sqm: 27/10/17 9/11/2017 19/4/2018

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    M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018 M S P W H E AT VA R I E T Y T R I A L S 2018

    ACTIVITY REPORT For period 01/08/2017 to 04/06/2018 Produced by: Ben Gothorp Wheat Variety Trials, Mountfair Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3NF, United Kingdom Primary Contact: Ben Gothorp Tel: 07974214832

    TRIALS FIELD 2018 W Wheat MSP Wheat Variety Trial 0.52 ha Projected Harvest Date: 31/08/2018 EHD: No Restriction

    Activity Date / Timing

    Operation Product Rate Water Area Machine

    25/09/2017 -10: Pre planting

    Deep Cultivating

    0.52 ha SL 700

    01/10/2017 -10: Pre planting

    Shallow Cultivating

    0.52 ha Cultipress

    04/10/2017 - 04/11/2017 -5: At planting

    Drilling MSP Trial seed (W Wheat) 200.000 kgs/ha

    0.52 ha CO12

    10/10/2017 0: Dr y seed (caryopsis)

    Rolling - Ring

    0.52 ha Dalbo 12m Rollers

    19/10/2017 9: Crop emergence

    Spraying #1

    Regatta (15353) Flufenacet (400 g/l); Diflufenican (100 g/l)

    0.450 lts/ha

    100.00 lts/ha

    0.52 ha Leeb PT 280

    Sempra XL (17447) Diflufenican (500 g/l)

    0.100 lts/ha

    25/03/2018 30: Ear 1 cm

    Fertilising #2

    Ammonium Sulphate G3 149.000 kgs/ha

    0.52 ha ZG-TS 8200

    18/04/2018 31:1st node detectable

    Fertilising #3

    Alzon Neo-N 450.000 kgs/ha

    0.52 ha ZG-TS 8200

    21/04/2018 30: Ear 1 cm

    Spraying #4

    Bio Syl (ADJ0385) Polyoxyethylen-a-methyl-u-propylether (1 % w/w); Ethylene Oxide Condensate (32.67 % w/w)

    0.630 lts/ha

    100.00 lts/ha

    0.52 ha Leeb PT 280

    Palio (18349) Pyroxsulam (7.1 % w/w); Florasulam (1.4 % w/w)

    0.265 kgs/ha

    Alto Elite (08467) Cyproconazole (40 g/l); Chlorothalonil (375 g/l)

    1.025 lts/ha

    ManCoMax (MBS712) Cu (2 %); Mn (36 %)

    0.551 lts/ha

    05/05/2018 32: 2nd Node detectable

    Spraying #5

    Aviator 235 Xpro (15026) Prothioconazole (160 g/l); Bixafen (75 g/l)

    0.872 lts/ha

    100.00 lts/ha

    0.52 ha Leeb PT 280

    Fezan (17082) Tebuconazole (250 g/l)

    0.467 lts/ha

    Tymoon 500 (17336) Chlorothalonil (500 g/l)

    0.945 lts/ha

    Sonis (16891) Trinexapac-ethyl (250 g/l)

    0.108 lts/ha

    Belcocel (17773) Chlormequat (720 g/l)

    1.500 lts/ha

    ManCoMax (MBS712) Cu (2 %); Mn (36 %)

    0.539 lts/ha

    25/05/2018 39: Flag leaf

    Spraying #6

    Adexar (17441) Fluxapyroxad (62.5 g/l); Epoxiconazole (62.5 g/l)

    1.348 lts/ha

    100.00 lts/ha

    0.52 ha Leeb PT 280

    Alternil Excel 720 (17434) Chlorothalonil (720 g/l)

    0.737 lts/ha

    Epsotop (MBS146) Magnesium Sulphate Heptahydrate (49 % w/w)

    4.043 kgs/ha

    Telsee (16325) 2-chloroethylphosphonic acid (480 g/l)

    0.300 lts/ha

    NRM Coopers Bridg