Real results 50 profile - Tom Reynolds

Name: Tom Reynolds

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Pent Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter barley, grass seed and spring beans.

Farm machinery:

3 x John Deere: 8270r, 6210r, 6830; Bateman sprayer: part owned; No-till drill: part owned; Horsch sprinter drill: part owned; Combine: hire in; Cultivation equipment: hire in as needed.

About the farmer:

Tom and his family manage this farm for a non-farming family, has been run in this way since the late 1960s. Tom manages the farm with his uncle. Tom started to farm as soon as he left school. His/her farming philosophy Wants to leave the countryside in good condition for the next generation. “We have always been in Countryside stewardship schemes, so we place a pretty strong emphasis on looking after the farm.

We are also very keen to look after the soil and think the key to all of this is the ability to be flexible especially in the face of all the risks and uncertainties the industry is currently facing.”

About the farm:

Soils on the farm: from heavy, heavy clay through to chalk downland (grassland) and through to a small amount of brashy stuff on the tops.

Aim is to establish the wheat crop with no cultivation. Tom said, “ For the last year or so we have had to really focus on drainage so have done a fair bit of mole ploughing, subsoiling but other than that we are quite focussed on trying to be no-till.

Blackgrass is a big issue and that’s why we have been draining and that’s why we have a bit of grass seed in the rotation as well, which is in a two year ley so we can get on top of the blackgrass.

Late drilling doesn’t really work on our soil types so we focus on a rotation to achieve control.”

Walks his own crops, works out what needs doing and then does the decision making with the agronomist who has a wealth of knowledge.

Farming philosophy:

Wants to leave the countryside in good condition for the next generation. “We have always been in Countryside stewardship schemes, so we place a pretty strong emphasis on looking after the farm. We are also very keen to look after the soil and think the key to all of this is the ability to be flexible especially in the face of all the risks and uncertainties the industry is currently facing.”

Hopes for Real Results participation:

Tom is hoping to get some REAL results from the Real Results Circle. He says it is interesting to be part of something where you actually see in the real world what these
chemicals are all about.

He believes it will be a very useful initiative; he’s a big supporter of it.

It will be very interesting to see on a real field scale because a lot of these small plot trials are not really relevant, he adds. It would also be nice to see the 0.2 t/ha yield response that
BASF claim you can get.