Following the success of the first open day last year, Hutchinsons' Brassica Demonstration Site Day will be held at Bayholme Farm Old Leake, Boston, on 11th July in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre, by kind permission of F Daubney & Sons.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view how new near-market brassica-related herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are performing and compare them with current commercial practise, explains Hutchinsons Vegetable Technical Support Peter Waldock.
"For example, many of the new fungicides coming on the market are predominantly protectant rather than having a knock-down effect, so applications have to be better targeted to optimise efficacy," he says.
"There will also be plots looking at biostimulants, crop elicitors and foliar nutrition products," he says.
"Our trials explore maximising efficacy in kale and Brussels sprouts, and the knowledge gained can then be related to all brassica crops," he adds.
In addition, work on better understanding of soil management will be highlighted, and the Healthy Soils team will be present to discuss how to get the most from soil. This will be accompanied by demonstrations of strip tilling and Omnia Precision Agronomy, providing an exciting insight into the ways farm yields can be improved through agronomy.
Also on display at the Old Leake site will be Hutchinsons TerraMap, the first high definition soil scanning system in the UK.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to discuss their needs with the Hutchinsons' team and also the leading manufacturers involved in the vegetable sector, including Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Certis, Corteva, Adama, Belchim and FMC.
Hutchinsons' Demonstration Site Day Facts:
When: 11 July 2019
Where: Bayholme Farm, Old Leake, Boston
Open: 12.00-16.00 (catering will be provided)