Episode #76: Tim Parton
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Tim Parton is a regenerative agriculture advocate and Farm Manager at Brewood Park Farm in the United Kingdom. Tim has been implementing regenerative practices on his 300-hectare estate for over 15 years. He has received several accolades for his work, such as being named the Arable Innovator of the Year by British Farming Awards and receiving the Farm Innovator of the Year award from Farmers Weekly.

Throughout their conversation, Tim and John discuss:

  • Tim’s background and retreat from intensive pesticide use.
  •  How balancing plant nutrition helped Tim cultivate canola seedlings that are resistant to flea beetles.
  • Tim’s experience with Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (or BYDV) and how he manages aphids in an ecological system.
  • Foliar application systems and their economic impacts.
  • Increases in commodity fertilizer prices and what this means for the financial viability of regenerative agriculture.
  • How Tim has managed to not apply any NPK fertilizers for more than a decade.
  • The cultural management practices that have replaced fungicide applications on Tim’s farm.
  • The importance of carbon sequestration, educating consumers, and sharing information among growers.
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