Farmer: Chris Richardson, Grove Farm, Sleaford, South Lincolnshire
Crops Grown: Milling Wheat
N-Min: Third year of trials
Yield Gain: 0.4t/ha
Margin Gain: £73/ha
Soil Type: Sandy Loam, Sandy Clay Loam
Fertiliser Saving: 35kg/ha
Other: Achieved 13% protein
CF N-Min and Milling Wheat- Perfecting Premium Quality
When it comes to getting the best performance from milling wheat, we all know that yield isn't everything. Consistent achievement of grain quality and protein content is an essential goal- and one that is extremely dependent on accurate Nitrogen management.
“Margins are so tight these days you just can’t afford to spend more than you have to or miss the all important premiums when they are available. We’ve used CF N-Min for many years across all our combinable crops and have always felt secure that we are managing our fertiliser applications in the most efficient manner possible. The fact that we can now use N-Min to get the most out of the latest high performing milling wheats at the lowest cost per tonne of production is a real bonus.”
Being able to benefit from the high yield potential of modern milling varieties whilst achieving the promised protein levels takes careful Nitrogen management.
At Chris Richardson’s Grove Farm at Swaton in Lincolnshire, N-Min is showing the way to achieving yields approaching 12t/ha at the all important 13.0% protein.
In trials carried out in 2016, using Skyfall, the plots with the farm’s standard practice of applying 250kg N/ha delivered a yield 11.19t/ha whilst those with the CF N-Min advised application rate of 215kg/ha from DoubleTop® and Nitram applications– produced a yield of 11.57t/ha.
The combined effect of the 16% saving on applied Nitrogen– £140/ha as opposed to £163/ha – and the additional yield produced add up to an increase in profit of £73.
Despite the lower application rate, the N-Min crop produced 13.0% protein, proving that the approach delivers cost savings, higher yields and optimum quality.