Fit for the future – Growing healthy soils

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF As growers seek to protect their most valuable asset, could varieties have a role to play in building soil health and better biology? CPM explores the concept. These varieties could act as the best insurance policies for growers keen to make the move to a no-till approach. By Charlotte Cunningham With climate change a topic on everyone’s lips, protecting and promoting soil health and biology is something that has been thrust into the spotlight of late. Arguably, managing soils – and doing it well – is something that farmers have been invested in long before the Government’s interest. But it’s fair to say that traditionally, variety choice isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to improving soil health – though that’s not to say there isn’t potentially a correlation between the two. Delving deeper into this relatively untapped area is a key objective of KWS’ Sowing for Peak Performance initiative. But for any variety to thrive, understanding the soil and its characteristics is an essential starting point, explains Elizabeth Stockdale, head of farming systems and agronomy research at NIAB. “Variety choice and soil health do go hand in hand. But having good soils is…
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