Real results 50 profile - Richard Budd

Name: Richard Budd

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Stevens Farm

Cropping: Winter - oilseed rape, barley, wheat, oats, and field beans. Spring - barley, beans, and oats.

Farm machinery:

Sumo DTS 6m drill (all crops), Challenger 755C, Rogator 645C 30m sprayer, Amazone ZA-TS Hydro Profi with Argus system, Claas 770TT V1050 header, 2 x Fendt 724 and 1 MF 6616 tractors.

About the farmer:

Richard is 39 and married with two daughters. He’s been back on the family farm for 10 years, having gained a degree in botany at Nottingham University and working in London as a wine broker, specialising in private client investment portfolios.

About the farm:

The rotation at Hawkhurst is based on winter wheat, followed by winter or spring barley (depending on black grass levels) then OSR followed by winter wheat, and second wheat and oats (again winter or spring depending on the black grass).

All crops are established using the Sumo DTS direct drill for a controlled traffic system. Richard is also continually looking to improve soils. By chopping and incorporating all crop residues and by applying sewerage cake on a two year rotation, he hopes to raise indices, friability levels and OM content.

Farming philosophy:

Richard hopes to increase the size of his business through investment in the latest technology and by reviewing and adopting best management practice and technique to ensure as efficient operation as possible. This ethos has seen him adopt a direct drilling strategy over the last four years, which looks to improve soil structure, reduce weed pressure and moreover, establishment costs, without impacting on yield. Over five years he has seen an average increase. Coupled with this is a full Topcon RTK system that facilitates full controlled traffic farming. This allows him to fully maximise the efficient use of inputs and accurately record yields which are used in conjunction with soil maps to improve poorer and under performing areas. The long-term strategy is to continually question what they are doing and achieving, and assess how best to improve by adopting new technology as it becomes available in terms of chemistry and plant breeding.

Hopes for Real Results participation:

Richard hopes that by being part of Real Results he will be able compare and contrast his own results with others using different T1 and T2 strategies, to see if there is any discernible difference in their yields and if so, how they can improve things in the future. This year he is using KWS Lili.