Regional Technology Centres

During June and July of 2016, Hutchinsons hosted a range of open days for farmers to visit demonstration sites around the country.

The most important aspect of these days was the opportunity for you to discuss crop husbandry and soil management with agronomists from Hutchinsons. On show were varieties of cereals and oilseed rape from the AHDB Recommended Lists, along with techniques to improve yield and quality.

Regional Technology Centres:

  • Beccles
  • National Blackgrass Centre of Excellence, Brampton, Cambridgeshire
  • Balgonie with Scottish Agronomy
  • Alnwick, Northumberland
  • Great Tew, Oxfordshire
  • Morton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire
  • Adisham, Kent
  • Little Ponton, Lincolnshire
  • Warden Farming, Grayingham, Lincolnshire
  • Stow Bridge, Norfolk
  • St Mabyn, Bodmin, Cornwall
  • Ludlow, Shropshire
  • Millthorpe, Lincolnshire

The majority of sites had a wide range of winter wheat and winter oilseed rape varieties on display, with seed specialists available to demonstrate key variety characteristics. Treated and untreated areas of each variety were adjacent to each other to make it easier to assess disease resistance and straw strength. Hybrid and conventional barley varieties were available at five of the sites and Great Tew, Little Ponton and St Mabyn had spring cereal demonstrations.

Our new site at Millthorpe in Lincolnshire focused on blackgrass control and demonstrated the use of spring cropping as part of a cultural control strategy.

The overarching themes this year were yield improvement, cost of production and precision farming. Alongside varieties, the demonstrations included seed treatments, crop nutrition, plant growth regulators and fungicide programmes. There was a particular focus on nitrogen and potash nutrition at all of the sites. In the winter wheat variety plots, growers learnt about the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) project.