British grain farmers use new methods to cut costs

BRITISH farmers who see little prospect of grain prices improving are going to new lengths to drive down production costs.

Their latest move is towards some form of controlled traffic system to improve crop yields. Many have long replaced the plough and power harrow with crop establishment systems needing little or no pre-sowing preparation.

The next step for some is GPS-controlled traffic to reduce the travelled area in fields and, thereby, minimise soil compaction.

By travelling less and using the same wheelings as far as possible, growers hope to reduce fuel costs. Harvesters are fitted with narrower tyres.

With Irish grain prices somewhat tied to Britain, Irish tillage farmers may also have to explore all cost cutting avenues.


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