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11th February 2:30 p.m.

Rural Policing and Thefts from Farms

Meeting with Police Commissioner Alan Hardwick & D.C Chris Piggott who is sponsored by the NFU Mutual to look at farm vehicle theft.

Meet the Commissioner and hear what is being done to address this increasing problem affecting farms in South Lincolnshire.

2:30 at the Long Sutton Conservative Club, Broad Street, PE12 9BN.

Admission members free, non members 3.00

Parking opposite.



2nd July 2:00 p.m.
Sir Richard Sutton Settled Estate Visit

The Estates farms 8,400 acres near Market Rasen. The Estate farm grows 1,800ac of Winter Wheat, 1,400 acre of Oil Seed Rape, 400 ac of Winter Barley and 240 of Sugar Beet. The balance of the Estate is fallow and grassland on which they keep a large sheep flock and a herd of Lincoln Red.




 ELSOMS SEEDS VISIT                                    


Members of the Society enjoyed an excellent visit to Elsoms Seeds in Spalding on the 13 th January 2010.


Ian Munnery of Elsoms told the visitors about the family business of Elsoms which employs technical innovation and new technology to develop and deliver the best seeds to grow crops demanded by customers. Elsoms works with a number of international partners to produce a broad range of seeds for farmers and growers.


Taking sugar beet as an example some of technology used to develop new varieties was demonstrated using a map of the genome with genes for key characteristics identified that allowed more precise selection, speeding the rate of improvement. The introduction of greatly improved Rhizomania tolerate varieties is just one example of the technique.


Following the introduction the party was shown around the extensive Pinchbeck Road site. The tour included the laboratory where seed testing takes place over 8,000 germination tests take place each year. The majority of which are grown on paper some crops gave more reliable results when grown in compost. The germination tests are carried out to international standards.


In the packing section the use of black plastic packaging was demonstrated to ensure the moisture content of the seed was maintained. This was especially important with the primed seed that had been treated with water to the point of germination before being dried. Priming is a technique used to ensure faster more uniform germination and an improved even establishment.


The process in the production was the application of seed coat. The picture shows Ray with a tray of various seeds with different coatings in a wide range of colours. Elsoms also has the facility to pellet seeds so that the seed can more precisely handled mechanically when it is planted. Once ready for delivery the seed is stored in an environmentally controlled store.



The tour of the site concluded with a visit to the heated glasshouses was a range of crops were being grown under artificial lights using natural predators and bumble bees for pollination.


Ian Munnery also talked about the sugar beet variety trials that Elsoms carried out and showed a video of the mobile tare house that is used to top, lift, wash, weigh, analyse and freeze a sample from the a trial plot in a couple of minutes.


Some of the trial results demonstrated the need for higher plant populations requiring an increase in the seed rate from 100,000 to 110,000 seeds per hectare. The trials also showed the variability in yield between varieties with harvest date. Trials were being harvested early season, mid season and in the new-year. This was information that currently was not being published by British Sugar.


Optimum Sugar Beet characteristic change as the processors requirements change, the move to a whole crop contract will change the traits being selected.


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