Winchester, UK 6-9 July 2005

“To encourage cooperation and communication between workers actively engaged in herbage seed production.”

Session 1 – Nitrogen fertilization
Introducers: John Hart, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA and
René Gislum, Danish Institute of Agricultural Science, Slagelse, Denmark
Chair: Bill Young, Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon USA
Volunteered contributions to this session:
Session 2 – Understanding variations in response between inputs
Introducers: Bill Young, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA and
Gerard Borm, Applied Plant Research (PPO), Lelystad, the Netherlands
Chair: Alex Burgon, British Seed Houses Ltd. Avonmouth, Bristol UK
Volunteered contributions to this session: Bede McCloy - New Zealand Arable, Christchurch, NZ
Christian Haldrup - Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, Aarhus, Denmark
Kenneth Svensson, LandboCentrum, Borup, Denmark
Session 3 – Weed control / Genetic purity
Introducers: Nigel Fairey, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Beaverlodge, Alberta, and
Solvejg Mathiassen, Danish Institute of Agricultural Science, Slagelse, Denmark
Chair: Athole Marshall, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research Aberystwyth, UK
Volunteered contributions to this session: Bohumir Cagaš, OSEVA PRO Ltd, Grassland Research Station, Rožnov-Zubrí, Czech Republic
Christian Haldrup - Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, Aarhus, Denmark
Session 4 – Alternative (organic) seed production systems
Introducers: Trygve Aamlid, The Norwegian Crop Research Institute, Grimstad, Norway and
Mario Falcinelli, Dipartimento di Biologia Vegetale e Biotecnologie, Perugia, Italy
Chair: Birte Boelt, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences Slagelse, Denmark
Volunteered contributions to this session: Birte Boelt - Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Slagelse, Denmark
Christian Haldrup - Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, Aarhus, Denmark

Tour Highlights

Thursday afternoon, 7th July
James Hewetson-Brown, Ashe Warren Farm, Overton, Basingstoke.
Apart from the normal crops and herbage seeds, the family has a thriving turf business. This is grown on black polythene with the seed being in compost over netting. In addition to fine turf, they also do wild flower meadow turf. One area of the farm is being converted into organic production – red clover is grown during the conversion period, cultivated out and then spring barley undersown with perennial ryegrass is drilled. This will be the first year that the ryegrass has come to seed. They clean herbage seed up to standard on the farm – into boxes or bags. A new pond is just being built as a back-up irrigation for the turf.
 

 
TAG (The Arable Group), Norton, near Winchester
Justin Bidwell introduced a range of trials on herbage seeds including control of flea beetle, sulphur, Moddus interaction with timing and N rates, fungicide timing, control of RSMG and seedling control at their research station. Additionally, we visited the herbicide screening trial where a range of products are applied with a logarithmic sprayer from full rate down to 10% on to both herbage seed crops and weed grasses.
 

 

Friday afternoon, 8th July
Angus Janaway, Bidden Grange, Upton Grey, Basingstoke
Angus has a range of perennial ryegrass crops, both agricultural and amenity types. Because of his position close to a major town, he has opted for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme with access for walkers and riders. He has planted new hedges and copses to enhance the area and has machinery to resurface his farm tracks. In addition, he grows opium poppies for the pharmaceutical industry and sows flower meadows for clients. He cleans seed up to standard.
 
 
Dick Hall, Corhampton Lane Farm, Corhampton, Southampton
Dick has been in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme since its inception and will be joining the Agri-Environment Scheme when it starts in March. The grass seeds are grown for the three main contracting merchants in the UK. He also grows winter and spring wheat and spring barley for seed. He cleans seed up to standard in their own conditioning facility. Dick is Chairman of the recently formed British Association of Seed Producers.