Currently, we use the Darwnin mechanical blossom thinner annually across our Gala and Braeburn. Depending on the season, we may have to do a very small amount of hand thinning; for instance, last year in the Gala, we had clusters of five or six apples together, but it was a quick walk-through thinning process rather than standing at a tree for any duration. In terms of cost savings, the Darwin is about 1/20th the cost of thinning out too many apples by hand later in the season. It has saved us a lot of money. It paid for itself in year one […]

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Will Jackson, Man of Ross, Ross-on-Wye

“I have been to look at tractors with growers in the past and have also put new vineyards in touch with Nick and the team,” said Matt. “The service from NP Seymour is fantastic. I remember shortly after we said we were going ahead with the purchase of the new tractor, Nick emailed me to say that he remembers showing the first Fendt to Mike and Chris and how great it had been to work with us over the last 25 years. I would feel really uncomfortable buying from anyone other than Nick. I know that I can phone the […]

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Matt Strugnell, Vineyard Manager at Ridgeview Wine Estate

“When buying a sprayer off the shelf, you are very limited, so we have been working very closely with Nick and his team for nearly two decades to get the best application methods for our crops,” said Carl. “Our first sprayers from NP Seymour were from Berthoud, but Nick customised the equipment to fit our needs with new arms and a different nozzle system. Then, around 10 years ago, NP Seymour designed and made our first custom sprayer to fit our eight line system and finally as we moved to the latest six line system, they helped us to redevelop […]

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Carl Eatwell, Spray Operations Manager at Hall Hunter

“Our tractors are just over two years old now, they have done about 6,000 hours between them, and apart from routine servicing, the Budds haven’t had a spanner on any of them. That for us is key, because particularly if you want to be out spraying, you don’t have time for breakdowns, and with the prices and running costs of machinery nowadays it’s not affordable to keep a spare tractor at the back of the shed. We need machinery to be reliable and well backed up and the Fendts have been all of that,” said Richard.As well as noting the tractors’ […]

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Richard and David Budd, Stevens Farm, Hawkhurst