263: Potatoes: How to optimise irrigation to reduce soil erosion

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263: Potatoes: How to optimise irrigation to reduce soil erosion

Written by AHDB

In this episode Antonia Walker, AHDB Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager, speaks to Nigel Simpson of Catchment Sensitive Farming about how following a best practice when it comes to irrigation can reduce soil erosion and mitigate pollution risks.

Host: Antonia Walker - AHDB Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager
Guest: Nigel Simpson - Catchment Sensitive Farming Coordinator

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The Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) partnership can support applications for Mid Tier capital grants to improve water and air quality in a high priority area. Some capital items require written support from a CSF Officer as part of the evidence requirement. Check the capital grant requirements to find our when this applies. If your holding is in a High Water Quality Priority Area, contact your local CSF Officer for advice by 31 May.

Each application will be done a case by case basis and more details can be found here. Applicants will need to first check they are in a high water priority area. Please refer to the website for further details.


Visit our website to learn more about irrigation best practice.
Previous podcast episode discussing irrigation best practice with Mark Stalham.

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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...