A trio of Aberdeenshire farmers has joined a UK-wide crops trials project with global agri-chemical firm BASF.
Sandy Norrie from AJ Duncan Farms near Turriff, Andrew Booth from Savock Farm near Foveran, and Scott Campbell from Kirkton of Kinellar Farm near Inverurie are among 50 UK growers taking part in BASF’s real results trials.
The initiative, run in conjunction with agricultural consultancy Adas, involves farmers trialling BASF’s SDHI fungicides and comparing them to other products.
The trials are held on farms with farmers’ using their own machinery and data is collected and analysed using Adas’ agronomics field trials tool. Farmers can then compare their data with others involved in the project.
Sandy Norrie, who works as arable manager at AJ Duncan Farms’ 6,000-acre arable enterprise, will carry out trials using a new fungicide on spring and winter barley
“We have the scope to do trials here, because we have the staff and the kit, I think the real results network will be very valuable and, to be brutally honest, the results compared to others will be very valuable,” said Mr Norrie.
“Our team is big on stats, what our costs are, and the detail of our returns on investment, and, for me, I like to see how varieties are performing…”