140ha arable, Heavy clay, Hertfordshire
“In addition to the yield gains, though, it’s the reduction in passes, and hence establishment costs, which have had the most marked effect on the business.
In our first season alone we saved £9,500 in contract drilling costs.
The Claydon system enables us to establish a crop in a couple of passes, the first with a straw harrow to distribute chaff evenly and disturb slugs, and has cut our establishment time considerably. With our other enterprises and our lack of staff, we simply wouldn’t have time to plough all our ground and then work it down and drill it.”