It’s official. Ploughing is good for soil OM!

Clive

Staff Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
actually seems to suggest ploughing is better than “mintill”. Which is no surprise at all

I see no comparison to direct drilling there though ?


any exposure of soil will result in oxygenation of carbon and therefore SOM loss, simple science really
 

CORK

Member
Whilst cultivation exposes soil OM to oxidation and loss, I’ve often thought that areas of higher rainfall should encourage more soil OM due to more plant material produced, less oxygen getting into the soil as its damper and less arable farming in high rainfall areas.

This map seems to show a trend.

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Clive

Staff Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
I’ve also wondered if using a furrow press when ploughing would squeeze more oxygen out of the loosened soil and mean less oxidation than unpressed ploughing.
if you must plough then anything that reduces surface area exposed to oxygen will reduce oxidisation
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Oh, so I've missed yet another SRUC event?

Why cant they just email past attendees with upcoming events, instead of relying on either telepathy or arable farmers having to buy the 99% livestock orientated 'Scottish Farmer'? :facepalm: :banghead:

Their communications team promote their events like they work for a Masonic Lodge...
 

Farmer Fin

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Oh, so I've missed yet another SRUC event?

Why cant they just email past attendees with upcoming events, instead of relying on either telepathy or arable farmers having to buy the 99% livestock orientated 'Scottish Farmer'? :facepalm: :banghead:

Their communications team promote their events like they work for a Masonic Lodge...
It’s their winter agronomy days. There has been an hour webinar on a Wednesday morning for the past few weeks. Think there are 2 more. Your not missing much. Not even NRoSO points available.
 

Hjwise

Member
Mixed Farmer
This has always been the case though. DD doesn’t work successfully on all soil types every single year.
Can’t see the point in min-till though now. It just makes matter far far worse.
Bit of a wild generalisation. My neighbour has practiced min till for as long as I can remember. Their crops are always excellent, very rarely see any weeds (don’t think I have ever seen any black grass). Any system can be managed well or badly.
 

Clive

Staff Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
This has always been the case though. DD doesn’t work successfully on all soil types every single year.
Can’t see the point in min-till though now. It just makes matter far far worse.
DD doesn't work successfully for all farmers that is a fact, it does (demonstrably) work on most soil types however just as reliably as any establishment system does (ie no system is 100%)

The variable is the farmer more than the soil
 

AGCO reports sales increase of 43.5% compared to 2020 figures

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Written by Agriland Team from Agriland

The tractor manufacturer AGCO, which consists of brands such as Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, reported its results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2021.

Net sales for the second quarter were approximately $2.9 billion, an increase of approximately 43.5% compared to the second quarter of 2020.

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Reported net income was $3.73/share for the second quarter of 2021, and adjusted...
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