TYNE AND Wear arable farmer, Peter Alderslade – the current British ploughing champion in the reversible class – is getting ready for a 4000-mile trans-Atlantic trip to compete in the ‘Worlds’.

In August, he will travel to Minnesota, USA, to compete in the world ploughing championships for the seventh time.

Peter, who farms 800 acres at East Bolden, competes with a 2004 Valtra A95 and a Kverneland two-furrow reversible. “It’s a strong little tractor with a well laid out cab and good visibility to the rear,” says Peter, who hopes that a change to Continental Tractor 85 tyres will aid his attempt at success.

“The tyres have a narrow profile, so they fit the furrows well. With one tractor wheel always in the furrow I have just made, it’s important that I don’t damage it as I plough the next.” He explained that the judges can mark down any inconsistencies in the formation of the furrows.