Blair McKenzie (right) and his team sample soil to assess root developmentBlair McKenzie (right) and his team sample soil to assess root development.
There are many ways to cultivate a field, ranging from deep ploughing to no-till farming, and choosing the right variety and cultivation technique combination is the key to getting the most out of your soil. And early results in work being carried out by Blair McKenzie of the James Hutton Institute suggest newer spring barley varieties often yield more with a plough-based approach compared with min till. He is co-ordinating one of three projects under the AHDB-funded national soil programme. […]