BEAM Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management

Hi Martian, Thanks for the response, I am trying the Ruth Stout method of growing, "lay a bed of straw 8" deep, leave over winter to start rotting down then lift hay place seed Potatoes between straw and earth, cover with another 8" of straw, and leave to grow, harvest is move the straw and no digging for your spuds (spine problem so had to try it) this enabled me to get 2 crops from the same ground one buried and one just under straw, both seem to be growing fine and looking forward to getting the crop out, also growing French beans at the side of the beds, also did onions this way and worked fine. but the BEAM is something I would like to see trialled, as the insect biomass is dying off, we have lost 90% so we are in trouble, it is intense farming that is the problem, heavy reliance on pesticides and fertilisers, nutritional value of intense farmed products are deficient, we need to start eating organic food and the farms need to change back to the lower yield crop production until they sort the land out with enough biomass to allow no fertiliser to be used. Sorry for the rant all the best and kind regards Peter
 

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Hi Martian, Thanks for the response, I am trying the Ruth Stout method of growing, "lay a bed of straw 8" deep, leave over winter to start rotting down then lift hay place seed Potatoes between straw and earth, cover with another 8" of straw, and leave to grow, harvest is move the straw and no digging for your spuds (spine problem so had to try it) this enabled me to get 2 crops from the same ground one buried and one just under straw, both seem to be growing fine and looking forward to getting the crop out, also growing French beans at the side of the beds, also did onions this way and worked fine. but the BEAM is something I would like to see trialled, as the insect biomass is dying off, we have lost 90% so we are in trouble, it is intense farming that is the problem, heavy reliance on pesticides and fertilisers, nutritional value of intense farmed products are deficient, we need to start eating organic food and the farms need to change back to the lower yield crop production until they sort the land out with enough biomass to allow no fertiliser to be used. Sorry for the rant all the best and kind regards Peter

You should of gone to groundswell, they’d made crisps from potatoes grown similarly
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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