W Raper and Son, North Yorkshire: Taking the most direct route

One North Yorkshire grower has transitioned into low disturbance one-pass drilling using a Horsch Sprinter equipped with J J Metcalfe’s 12mm coulter conversion. But getting there has seen the farm progress through several systems to finally settle on one that suits

by Geoff Ashcroft

28 Aug 2020

W Raper and Son has been tinkering with establishment systems for the past 10 years. While the family farming business always accepted that the plough and combi drill was the ultimate weather-proof system for combinable crop establishment, it knew there were smarter ways of working, and, potentially, there were substantial costs to be saved, too.