This meant that the soil and seed were nicely in contact for them to germinate and start to grow. The emergence of the crop was very rapid due to the warm and moist soil at that time of year. The no-till drill just cuts a small slot in the soil and blows the seed down under a little flap of soil before being pressed back down again. This is a very efficient method of planting the crops as we only have to go to the field once, rather than repeat visits with cultivators. This means we are using less fuel to grow our crops - reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our machinery efficienciesThe soil remains covered at all times which means it is more stable and less prone to erosion and many of the weed seeds are left on the soil surface so they do not germinate in the next crop.
The crop of malting barley is being grown as part of our commitment to Molson Coors and providing the quality is good enough, will be malted and that malted barley used to brew Carling. Carling only uses 100% British Malting barley in their brewing process at Burton Upon Trent and our group of farmers produce about 40,000 tonnes of barley for them.