Combining late drilling with the timely application of biological crop stimulants has resulted in a record crop yield for a Cambridgeshire farmer, following similar patterns reported across the country in what has already been a high-yield harvest.
Farming some 1,659ha in total in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire, as well as two farms near Kelso in Scotland, Triton Farms director Simon Chaplin believes the use of the highly concentrated amino-acid complex AminoA FLO from AminoA biostimulants has been crucial to achieve these yields.
AminoA products are natural bio-stimulants, obtained through enzymatic hydrolysis. Containing essential amino acids that plants synthesise throughout their growth cycle, they can contribute positively to yield and quality if the plant is not already producing optimal levels of amino acids itself.
Mr Chaplin first trialled AminoA back in November 2017 to boost rooting development on late drilled crops, as it has been Triton Farms’ philosophy to do a multiple chit of black-grass prior to drilling from early November onwards.
Applying the product in February as the crop is emerging from the ground, Mr Chaplin has found AminoA FLO to stimulate greater root development, seeing crops on his Abington Park Farm in Cambridgeshire at even 7th wheat, looking more like 1st wheat.
“Our philosophy is very much about extending the profitable part of our rotation, and seeing our 4th, 5th 6th and even 7th wheat looking like 1st wheat, is making a difference,” explains Mr Chaplin.
“We have effectively duped the wheat into thinking it’s a first wheat, by drilling so late, then putting AminoA on. This makes it feel like an early wheat, ending up with a magnificent amount of tillering.”
The results are showing at the weighbridge too, as the second harvest since using AminoA products reflects. “2018 yields on the weighbridge at Abington were our best-ever until now, with some 750t more across the farm,” Mr Chaplin adds.
With 2019 harvests still coming in across Triton Farms, indications are that this record will again be broken. Trials over 36 x 0.5ha plots have shown 0.47t/ha yield increase when 2 litres of AminoA FLO was applied at early flowering to winter wheat, with 0.31t/ha when 1 litre was applied flowering. This is following a full season’s programme, and results would have been even more dramatic had it not been for previous treatments.
Over the 2 farms near Kelso in Scotland, Mr Chaplin has seen 5.1t/ha over 130ha of OSR at the weighbridge, in some places this would have been at least 6t/ha. Winter wheat averaged at least 11.5t/ha over 263ha, with some parts being in the upper 12t/ha, all 1st wheats.
Key to the success across all Triton Farms has been the low input costs. At Abington Park Farms, fungicide costs have averaged at just £22/ha and herbicides at £32/ha on wheats, with Mr Chaplin planning to reduce further for the next crop. His agronomist confirmed no visible diseases, despite these low input costs.
It is not only yield responses that have impressed, but also performance. Independent laboratory reports on home saved seeds of both Casino Triticale and Skyfall wheat have returned zero results for infection.
“We are delighted with the yield responses Simon is seeing, and other trials and testimonials are returning similar results,” explains AminoA managing director Richard Philips (left).
“The latest replicated trials with a single use, autumn application of AminoA have provided yield responses of 0.5t/ha, matching other single application trials in 2018 at T1 and T2 timings. Other independent trials gave 10.3 per cent more yield in OSR crops. As Simon and others are seeing, this makes a real difference on farm profits,” he concludes.