Were awarded £12,256 (40% of total project costs of £30,642) of LEADER funding from REAL Devon, to purchase a Zero Tillage Drill (Horsch Sprinter ST4) and GPS system (John Deere Greenstar Autotrac). This investment will enable the applicant to improve overall soil health and resilience and reduce the costs of production.
E & J Greed Farm Partnership, based in Thorverton, Mid Devon, has been running since December 1999 when Ed and Jilly Greed took over the running of the farm from a previous family member. George Greed, the applicant, was made a partner in 2012 after finishing university.
The farm is beef and arable, they farm across 230 ha, with 150 ha of arable and 80 ha of permanent grassland for the suckler herd.
The partnership sought a grant to move from their current cultivation system that is used to prepare the seedbed for sowing the arable crops to a zero tillage drill method. Through research the applicant has identified that the Zero tillage drill will reduce the damage conventional tillage causes the soil and environment and also reduce the operation costs to the farm and increase the profit margin.
The farm has been “soil mapped” – identifying the soil type and nutrient level across the farm, linked to GPS co-ordinates. This will enable the use of variable rate application of nutrients and the use of variable rate seed drilling this will achieve better plant establishment, suiting plant numbers to the correct soil type within the field.