1. TFF

    Challenges and Approaches in Microbiome Research Front. Plant Sci., 17 August 2018

    Challenges and Approaches in Microbiome Research: From Fundamental to Applied Authors: Chrysi Sergaki, Beatriz Lagunas, Ian Lidbury, Miriam L. Gifford and Patrick Schäfer We face major agricultural challenges that remain a threat for global food security. Soil microbes harbor enormous...
  2. TFF

    Microbial Consortia Application for Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture: A Review Front. Microbiol., 21 December 2020

    Revisiting Plant–Microbe Interactions and Microbial Consortia Application for Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture: A Review Authors: Kanchan Vishwakarma, Nitin Kumar, Chitrakshi Shandilya, Swati Mohapatra, Sahil Bhayana and Ajit Varma The present scenario of agricultural sector is dependent...
  3. TFF

    Microbiome Selection Could Spur Next-Generation Plant Breeding Strategies Front. Microbiol., 07 December 2016

    Microbiome Selection Could Spur Next-Generation Plant Breeding Strategies Authors: Murali Gopal* and Alka Gupta Microbiology Section, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, India “No plant is an island too…” Plants, though sessile, have developed a unique strategy to...
  4. TFF

    Toward Comprehensive Plant Microbiome Research Front. Ecol. Evol., 13 March 2020

    Toward Comprehensive Plant Microbiome Research Authors: Kari Saikkonen, Riitta Nissinen and Marjo Helander Microbes have driven eco-evolutionary adaptations organizing biodiversity from the origin of life. They are ubiquitous and abundant, facilitating the biochemical processes that make Earth...
  5. TFF

    Understanding Phytomicrobiome: A Potential Reservoir for Better Crop Management 2021-12-30

    by Pankaj Bhatt ,†,Amit Verma ,*,†,Shulbhi Verma ,Md. Shahbaz Anwar ,Parteek Prasher ,Harish Mudila and Shaohua Chen* * Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed. † Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript. Abstract Recent crop production studies have aimed at an increase...
  6. Direct Driller Magazine

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods: A meta-analysis Written by Andrea D. Basche and Marcia S. DeLonge, published: September 19, 2019. Republished under original Copyright. Introduction There is a need to develop more resilient...
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    Mycorrhizal Fungi

    Who uses a mycorrhizal fungi product on their farm and what impact has it had on the success of your operation?
  8. Chips

    Is ploughing bad ?

    I know being from plough manufacturer they have a vested interest but an interesting read .
  9. Overby

    Carbon Footprint

    Anyone gone through the ordeal of trying to work out their 'actual' carbon footprint? There's so many different calculators and tweaked methods. It would be interesting to know what averages are. ie 100 ha of wheat traditionally drilled = ? same for all crops 100 ha of wheat min tilled =...
  10. Direct Driller Magazine

    What do you Read? (Issue 12)

    If you are like us, then you don’t know where to start when it comes to other reading apart from farming magazines. However, there is so much information out there that can help us understand our businesses, farm better and understand the position of non-farmers. We have listed a few more...
  11. Poncherello1976

    Best way to establish a herbal ley?

    I am looking at putting together a Countryside Stewardship application for 2022. It includes a lot of low input PP, but I want to put 60/70 acres in to a herbal ley, GS4. These will be in to fields that have been PP for 30+ years, and obviously we will do an EIA to convert it. What will be the...
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    Dr Christine Jones

    Watched a webinar hosted gratefully by Oakbank Seeds with Dr Chistine Jones on Biological pathways to Carbon soil enrichent. she indicated that crop residues (stubble, straw and above ground debris) contributed only a tiny amount to soil Carbon, with most lost to the atmosphere as CO2. Root...
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    Pasture-For-Life beef

    I presume that as far as the consumer is concerned,the term ''Pasture-For-Life'' infers that beef cattle have been grazed on grass for life. Does it exist, or is it just a figment of someone's vivid imagination?
  14. martian

    Entangled Life

    Just been having a great Christmas read of this book Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. I can't recommend it highly enough to anybody who is remotely interested in the soil (which should be everyone on here). It is all about fungi and how little we know about them, as mainstream science tends...
  15. HarryB97

    Applying no bagged P or K to crops

    I have increasingly been reading that more no till farmers are applying no bagged P or K and find that their indices are not decreasing. Are any members on here finding the same? We have recently moved to no till and the back bone of our rotation is 3-4 year grazed and silaged leys, all straw...
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Simon Cowell

    Written Sept 2020 I have always found that pioneering a different system of farming is a lonely task, there is lot of contradicting advice out there but ultimately you have to make the decisions yourself. I have read stacks of books on soil biology and regenerative agriculture and follow all...
  17. ajd132

    Biological Brews

    Seeing biological bacillus brews, from stuff in a can made in China being pushed by some of the ‘regenerative’ agronomy companies/bio stimulant sellers. Some high profile no till farmers appear to be doing it and recording testimonials. With these products being complete in regulated I thought...
  18. Z

    Phosphorus Liberator

    Has anyone used or had any dealings with using Phosphorus liberator? Is it a load of bull crap or does it work? costs?
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    autumn re-seeding

    time has come, again, for autumn re-seeds. Interested to know what, farmers are planning variety wise. Had some interesting discussions, recently with seed reps. We have had an awful 3dry summers, on the trot, and grass, has been very short, both in quantity and life ! Rep in this morning...
  20. Derrick Hughes

    Treated Overseeding Mix

    Multi Strike Grass Seed Mix Available with Mycorrhizae seed treatment for better Germination when Direct Drilling and Overseeding 12kg and 14 kg Available with or without clover Derrick Hughes 07415121700 Hurrells Seeds 4.00 kg ASTONCRUSADER Hybrid Ryegrass Tet 3.00 kg CORIAL Hybrid...