Know How / Sugar beet / Land preparation

With soil health moving up the agenda, cultivations for the sugar beet crop are under scrutiny and need to be considered on a field-by-field basis.

See how to prevent compaction, minimise soil erosion, and if multiple passes of lighter machinery can be replaced by one pass of heavier equipment without detriment.

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SOILS

How to identify and encourage worms to improve soils

Earthworms are a key measure of soil health, as they can mobilise locked-up minerals, help drainage and spread organic matter to improve soil structure. Therefore, we travelled to one of…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

How a min-till approach can improve soil health

A change to the cultivations policy has helped a Shropshire farming estate save both time and money, while also improving the condition of its soils. The previous plough and power…

SOILS

Estate secures arable future with whole farm approach

Overhauling the arable side of an estate using integrated farm management principles has helped secure its long-term future, by creating a more sustainable system. A more diverse rotation and a…

ARABLE

How slug-killer ferric phosphate is being used on farm

With the loss of methiocarb from the slug control armoury, and the increasing pressures on metaldehyde, growers are looking at new ways to tackle the perennial slug problem. Slugs are one of…

ARABLE

Lincs estate rethinks crop rotations to push up wheat yields

A radical change in crop rotations, improving soil health and trying out cover crops are all part of a comprehensive plan to pump up yields and maintain profits on one Lincolnshire estate. Sitting…

ARABLE

Norfolk four-course rotation brought up to date

Rotations have returned with a bang to a large north Norfolk estate, surprising everyone with a sharp lift in yields across land where the concept of rotating crops was born…

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SOILS

How growers can improve soil management decisions

A way of benchmarking soil health plus a tool aimed at helping farmers tackle soil compaction were among the highlights at Farmers Weekly’s Soils in Practice 2018 event. We take…

SOILS

7 steps to successful subsoiling

Subsoiling can be effective technique to solve soil compaction problems. However, if done at the wrong time or incorrect depth, it can cause more problems than it solves. Soil compaction…

SOILS

Tips on assessing the health of your soil

A healthy soil is described as a living system that helps to maintain and enhance the natural environment, which in turn makes for more productive crops. That’s a shortened version…

SOILS

Advice on reducing soil erosion in arable fields

Soil erosion is a natural process that can be slow and continue virtually unnoticed or may occur at an alarming rate and involve huge amounts of soil being lost from…

ARABLE

3 ways to measure earthworm numbers

Having a healthy population of earthworms can help growers halt the UK’s serious decline in soil health, with an estimated loss of 2.2m tonnes of topsoil each year. Earthworms’ key…

SOILS

Buried underpants can reveal soil secrets

Two arable growers buried their underpants in warm soils last autumn before digging them up eight week later. Analysis showed the more decomposed the pants were, the better the soil…

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SOILS

Expert advice on managing soils better

Soil health has risen to the top of the agenda for the agricultural industry over recent years. At the recent Farmers Weekly Soils in Practice event on a Lincolnshire farm,…

ARABLE

How 'conservation agriculture' can improve soil health

Adopting the fundamental principles of “conservation agriculture” has huge potential for nursing depleted arable soils back to health and correct implementation is key to its success. Conservation agriculture is defined…

SOILS

Arable Horizons: How science and tech could save our soils

Our soils are in trouble. That has been the clear and much-publicised message from the scientific community in recent years. But despite the gloomy headlines, Wilfred Otten of the Cranfield…

ARABLE

Building a case for no-till crop establishment

Whether at grower meetings, hashtagged on your Twitter feed or even featured on BBC’s Countryfile on a Sunday evening, “no-till” enthusiasts are certainly making a lot of noise. Global grain…