Lincolnshire drainage experts Shelton have reported an increase in demand of over 50% for their hire service, as farmers invest in drainage. The firm also offer a partnership service, where farmers can hire a trencher, plus all associated machinery and a skilled operator. Shelton Director Richard Clark said: “Well drained land can typically benefit from yield improvements of 25-35% and farmers know this. We’ve seen steady growth since we launched, but last year’s wet winter really highlighted any underlying drainage issues. This scheme gives farmers the opportunity to get their drainage done when it suits them and benefit from potential cost savings through using in house labour”.
Farmer James Arguile from Gringley-on-the-Hill used the partnership scheme in November to drain 10 acres of land on his Nottinghamshire farm, which suffered from blackgrass. Mr Arguile said: “I had assumed we would hire a drainage contractor, but I met Sheltons at the Midlands Machinery Show and was impressed with their trencher plus I liked the fact that we could carry out the work ourselves. We hired a John Deere tractor, CT150 trencher, gravel cart, backfilling blade and laser from them and Richard spent the first day training us on how to use the equipment and setting falls and gradients etc which was invaluable. It was easy to use and all ran very smoothly, I’m very happy with the work. It has made a decent field into a very good one!”
Shelton Drainage will be on stand 6.94 at LAMMA19.