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Cultivating New Ideas at Tillage-Live 2012
2012-08-07

Tillage-Live, the National Cultivations Event, which celebrates its 20th year in 2012 is heading north to East Lothian where visitors will find a wide array of leading cultivation equipment at work plus the popular ‘Knowledge Trail’ where a wealth of other relevant and topical information on key aspects of arable farming can be discovered.

“Technology continues apace when it comes to soil management and cultivation.”

soil cultivation

Tillage-Live will be held at Westfield, Haddington, East Lothian on Wednesday 3rd October, by kind permission of Hamilton Farming Enterprises Ltd. Almost 50 leading companies have taken trade stands to date including 26 working demonstrations where the latest machinery will be put through its paces.

“Technology continues apace when it comes to soil management and cultivation,” says event organiser Duncan Russell of the Agricultural Engineers Association. “Tillage-Live provides anyone considering changing or upgrading their tackle with opportunity to compare the options in the field.”

However, there is much more to Tillage-Live than a trade exhibition. The Knowledge Trail delivers timely information, and enables participants to gain CPD points for NRoSO and BASIS.

For 2012, the Knowledge Trail will include:

The ever popular soil pit helping visitors understand what is happening beneath the surface of fields as a result of cultivations. Soil expert Ian Dickson will show how to spot the warning signs in soil structure and discuss remedial options.

Event sponsors BASF will provide visitors with an insight into effective and efficient weed control, with a focus on the headache weeds that farmers in Scotland and Northern Britain face. In addition, the company will provide advice on keeping the spreading menace of blackgrass at bay. Finally, application guru Professor Paul Miller, NIAB-TAG will be on hand to talk about options for Stomp Aqua, the non-staining formulation of pendimethalin.

Sprayer and container cleaning plays a critical part in keeping pesticides out of water. Expert advice will be on hand and visitors can test how they rinse equipment against proven best practice.

Effective use of slug pellets is vital to protect the products as well as the environment. The specialist team from Spreader and Sprayer Testing, will be guide visitors through how to set up and calibrate spreaders to get precision application of slug pellets.

Uptake of Controlled traffic farming continues across arable farms. Tim Chamen of CTF Europe will share his knowledge on the benefits of keeping to fixed wheelways across fields for crops and soils alike. In addition, a number of exhibitors will have the latest autosteer and guidance traffic options on display, including spatial control options for sprayers and spreaders.

Full details of the event can be found at www.tillage-live.uk.com including details of pre-booking (£7.50/car, compared to £10.00 on the day.) For group rates contact Fusion Events.

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