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Below are some case studies carried out by two of our clients successfully using the RemacSystem to plant

their crops and cover crops.


Pickney Farm


Problem: Poor water retention due to heavy clay soil.


The Remac Soil loosener enabled the successful establishment of spring combinable crops. It has removed the need for expensive cultivation systems e.g. minimum tillage trains or complete inversion.  Both of which rely on some form of precipitation to complete a good standard of seed bed finish on all but the lightest of soil types.


The Remac Soil Loosener proved an invaluable tool this spring. It allowed the previously unmoved soil profile in which both barley and peas were to be planted to be aerated thus reducing excess soil moisture levels. This proactive approach helped to limit the negative effects that the planting process would otherwise have on a fragile soil structure.


Planting was carried out using a high pressure disc coulter drill, directly into the loosened soil profile leaving an extremely neat and well consolidated seed bed.


The resulting germination was amazingly consistent. Both the barley and peas have exceeded all expectations in their performance, considering their later than normal planting date.



James Langrish 2014

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Castle Farm


Problem : Site specific resistant Black-Grass


Winter wheat harvested at 30% moisture on 16th July 2014 for crimping. Straw left 3-4 days before baling. 


Field then left to chit until the end of August. FYM spread and incorporated with Dyno Drive, and left to chit again.


30th Sept sprayed with Roundup.












 
























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3 days later, slow pass with RemacSystem Soil Loosener so

as not to disturb the surface to much. Left again to chit.

25th Oct field sprayed again with Roundup then drilled with Power Harrow drill combination at twice the normal speed as ground much easier to work then after ploughing.



7 days later it was possible to see crop emerging.

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Paul Ambler of Ryehill Farm


2016 brings Paul into his 5th year of using a Remac System Soil Loosner over his 435ha arable farm in Oxfordshire. It is used along side a direct drilling regime, with approx a third of the farm into Spring cropping. Here is what Paul has to say about using the RemacSystem Soil Loosener:


'My own remit was to increase efficiency by reducing labour and horse power and run the farm as a one-man, one-tractor operation, which aligns to some of Howard's objectives. I have managed to achieve this in the greater part through the use of a diverse rotation and an increase of Spring cropping.

My Autumn sown crops are all direct drilled into undisturbed stubble and crop residues using a 6m seed hawk drill. Through experience I have made the decision to not rake or cultivate during the autumn, thus reducing surface disturbance, and this appears to reduce black grass germination. Placement nutrients with the planted seed helps to encourage swift germination and crop establishment.

In preparation for spring cropping, excluding HLS over wintered stubbles, the soil is loosened to a depth of approx 30cm, with a ground speed of 9-10 km/hr, with a 3m behind a SWB 170hp tractor a surprising  high output can be achieved coupled with maintaining a lower engine speed there are significant fuel savings. Through experience I am very cautious over ground conditions when embarking on the operation, ensuring soil is able to breathe with minimal surface disturbance. Too dry and the crust will be broken,left hollow and too wet there is a risk of wheel slip disturbing the surface. This may sound rudimentary, but larger tractors, especially tracked ones, have made it possible for people to cultivate in poorer conditions, perhaps contributing to a pandemic of black grass on many arable farms.

The use of the soil loosener is an integral part of my current farming practice and I see no other machine in the market place that is as simple to use and easy to maintain, with a low investment in both fuel and wearing metal. In collaboration with the direct drilling regime, we have easily maintained our yields, and in many cases exceeded yields in wheat and especially in barley'.



You will see from the pictures how successful this method of cultivation has been.














Winter wheat stubble slow pass                   Over wintered stubble                     Drilling over wintered stubble

                   













After one pass of drilling  Spring Beans Spring Barley 









































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Remac UK improving soil structure, increasing profits

Because the ground was so much drier after the Soil Loosener it was possible to pre emergent spray the following day.