David White farms 160ha on light land over chalk between Cambridge and Newmarket. He is in his forth year practicing Conservation Agriculture – no-till direct drilling into catch and cover crops farming “forever green”. David’s interest in doing his own trials was fostered by the time spend hosting wheat and OSR trials for Niab on the farm in the past. Going from full cultivation to 100% no-till in a single step was a big change that could only be made successfully by trialing different things to see what works best on his soil type, with many new things still being tried each year. A member of Base UK has given the opportunity to learn from many experienced no-till regenerative farmers from across the globe as well and visiting farms in Europe.
David is Vice Chair of Camgrain Stores Ltd, a four site farmer owned co-operative grain storage business with two sites registered for organic storage for its organic members.
David is also a co-founder of RTK Farming Ltd which provides a repeatable 20mm accurate subscription correction signal for any brand of machine across a greater part of England.
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