David White farms 160ha on light land over chalk between Cambridge and Newmarket. He is in his sixth year of practising conservation agriculture – utilising no-till direct drilling into catch and cover crops. Going from full cultivation to 100% no till in a single step was a big change and along the way it has required, and continues to require, trialling different things to see what works best on his soils. David is Vice Chair of Camgrain Stores Ltd, a four-site farmer-owned cooperative grain store business with two sites registered for organic storage. He’s also a co-founder of RTK Farming Ltd which provides repeatable 20mm accurate subscription correction signal for any brand of machine across England.
How do I wean myself off the comfort blanket of cultivation? When will soil biology step up and help reduce my inputs? What’s the balance between long term husbandry and short-term profitability? Three farmers with different locations, soils and business sizes share their experiences of transitioning to regenerative agriculture. David White, George Fraser and Peter […]