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Unlocking Soil Potential – George Baxter

By |2019-10-07T15:37:33+00:00October 7th, 2019|

Unlocking Soil Potential - George Baxter With many farmers considering soil their most valuable resource, land managers can delve deeper into understanding how soils are functioning, working to unlock their potential and put more sustainable practices in place. Probing soil performance by analysing its chemical, biological and physical status is key to feeding [...]

Soil is Key

By |2019-09-06T08:01:23+00:00September 4th, 2019|

Soil is Key - South East Farmer James Short, of crop production specialists Hutchinsons, says that growers need to look at their soil as it is the key to unlocking yields. “It is important that we protect and nurture the soil if we are to continue producing crops in a sustainable and long-term [...]

Physics and Chemistry Focus Can Boost Soil Biology

By |2019-10-07T15:41:13+00:00August 20th, 2019|

Physics and Chemistry Focus Can Boost Soil Biology Restructure soils before attempting no-tillage Dick Neale, technical manager at agronomy group Hutchinsons, urged attendees to dig deep and examine field soil profiles before assessing what actions may be needed to progress a move to reduced/no-till crop establishment. “Inspect soils between October and March, when [...]

Soil assessment is a “must-do”

By |2019-10-07T15:44:33+00:00May 20th, 2019|

Soil assessment is a "must-do" Increasingly the discussion around soil testing is not about whether to do it, but why you would not do it. As the Government looks towards the post-CAP era it has made it clear future subsidies will depend on farmers delivering for the public ‘good’. One measure of this [...]

“Just add Water” for Accurate Soil Assessments – Dick Neale

By |2019-10-07T15:43:48+00:00April 5th, 2019|

"Just add Water" for Accurate Soil Assessments - Dick Neale - Agronomist & Arable Farmer Spring is an ideal time to assess soils for potential structural or other soil health issues, but only do so when there is sufficient moisture for an accurate result, says leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons. Problems such as compaction [...]

Taking Key Steps to Improve Soil Health

By |2019-10-07T15:42:30+00:00March 25th, 2019|

Taking Key Steps to Improve Soil Health - Farmers Guardian Seeking to improve soil health and reduce black-grass, Ed Pritchard, who farms with his father Andrew at Redhouse Farm, Waddingworth, Woodhall Spa, where the cover crop demonstration day took place, had been working with Farmacy agronomist Alice Cannon. Mr Pritchard said: "During the [...]

Judicious Drill Adjustments Pay Dividends

By |2019-03-25T16:00:53+00:00March 25th, 2019|

Judicious Drill Adjustments Pay Dividends - Farmers Guardian When transitioning from deep cultivation systems to min till or direct drilling, care must be taken to ensure drills were adjusted to take account of differing soil conditions explained Dick Neale, technical manager at Hutchinsons. He said: "In year one, soils are not aggregated if [...]

Manage Compaction to Prevent Water Pollution

By |2019-03-14T16:22:10+00:00March 14th, 2019|

Manage Compaction to Prevent Water Pollution - Anglia Farmer Farmers and contractors are reminded to manage soil compaction and pesticide applications carefully in an effort to prevent water pollution. Adhering to pesticide restrictions and measures such as buffer zones and application timings are important measures, says Hutchinsons agronomist Jess Farrant. Growers should also [...]

Estate Builds Healthier Soils Within an Intensive Rotation

By |2019-03-14T16:11:48+00:00March 12th, 2019|

Estate Builds Healthier Soils Within an Intensive Rotation - Midland Farmer Profit and soils status both important Small changes can bring big benefits Long term approach to improvements A Shropshire estate is determined to show soil health can be improved within an intensive root-cropping rotation as it strives to bolster its environmental [...]

Building Healthier Soils Within an Intensive Rotation

By |2019-03-08T15:58:03+00:00March 8th, 2019|

Building Healthier Soils Within an Intensive Rotation A Shropshire estate is determined to show soil health can be improved within an intensive root-cropping rotation as it strives to bolster its environmental and financial sustainability. The 350ha Isle Estate on the banks of the River Severn northwest of Shrewsbury has been owned by [...]