Can your soil have too much organic matter?

Can your soil have too much organic matter?

Five years I was asked to help investigate problems on a farm where the son had taken over a few years before and had been moving away from a plough-based system into organic manure applications, a minimum tillage regimen, and was considering cover crops. He...
Matching cultivation strategy to soil type

Matching cultivation strategy to soil type

I have long been advocating the imperative to match cultivation strategy to soil type as in the schematic below. The photographs later in this article highlight this concept really well. They certainly demonstrate what the cost is of implementing inappropriate...
Is your farm ready to make a profit in line with the Agriculture Bill?

Agriculture Bill: rewarding farmers who protect soil

The UK’s new Agriculture Bill, described as ‘one of the most important environmental reforms for many years’, will reward British farmers who protect soil. The Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons on 3 February 2020, will replace the EU’s...