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Moon landing maze showcases precision farming

August 1, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

A 4ha maize maze to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing offers a spectacular illustration of the capabilities of modern precision farming.

Contractor Michael Tomlinson worked with Nick Wells of Rea Valley Tractors and RVT’s precision agriculture team to sow the field at the National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire.

Mr Tomlinson drilled on 1 May with a single pass of Mr Tomlinson’s 8-row Kuhn Maxima 3 TI E drill. The new drill with electronic section control and variable row widths offered the opportunity to move to a new level of creativity, he says.

“We took the design and had software written that would enable the drill to create the pattern,” says Mr Tomlinson, who has drilled maize mazes at the farm attraction for 16 years. “This year, we set the drill at 37.5cm row widths and used approximately double the normal seed rate.”

Tom Robinson, who owns the National Forest Adventure Farm with his brother Ivor, spoke about the precision drilling process: “We have been very impressed with the accuracy and intricacy of the maze design this year. It has removed so much time consuming manual labour.

“The 50th anniversary of the moon landing design has captured people’s attention and even attracted international coverage including Fox News in the USA. We hope this will be our best year ever attracting over 45,000 visitors.”

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