Soil management – Soil Sense

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Download PDF Soil management can’t possibly change fast enough to counter basic payment cuts. But farmers, advisers and machinery makers are increasingly determined to have a go, Charles Abel reports. Natural biology and rooting are what structure soils, which metal can give a bit of help with, but it really is a case of prevention being better than cure. By Charles Abel Soil management is stuck in a rut on too many farms, with a lack of expertise and real barriers to better systems slowing a transition that most now agree is essential. Economics, efficiency, government regulations and end-user requirements all point in one direction. But achieving meaningful changes to soil management on-farm is far harder, experts agree, with even the best eager for external expertise to move forwards. With support payments fast dwindling the heat is on to strip costs out of establishment systems and enhance crop productivity – with soil health the buzzword. Achieving it will be no mean feat – putting off-farm expertise at a premium. The good news is that the expertise already exists. But it requires big changes in thinking, something many farms haven’t begun to consider yet. “We are finding through AHDB Benchmarking activities…
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