Increasingly the discussion around soil testing is not about whether to do it, but why you would not do it. As the Government looks towards the post-CAP era it has made it clear future subsidies will depend on farmers delivering for the public ‘good’. One measure of this will be healthy soils.
Category: Healthy Soils
Soil nutrient mapping is set to get a lot more accurate and detailed as the scanning technology used for detecting minerals from the air in Canada is being adapted for the UK farm.
A helicopter-mounted sensor used for mineral prospecting has been scaled down to a high-definition soil scanning system which is being launched as TerraMap to refine precision farming systems.
Launched by Hutchinsons, TerraMap revolutionises the way in which soil nutrient mapping is currently undertaken in the UK - setting a new standard for accuracy in precision agriculture.
Today’s precision farming requirements demand greater accuracy and currently UK growers do not have access to a high definition soil scanning system – until now, says Hutchinsons precision technology manager, Oliver Wood.
Spring is an ideal time to assess soils for potential structural or other soil health issues, but only do so when there is sufficient moisture for an accurate result, says leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons.
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When transitioning from deep cultivation systems to min till or direct drilling, care must be taken to ensure drills were adjusted to take account of differing soil conditions explained Dick Neale, technical manager at Hutchinsons.
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Farmers and contractors are reminded to manage soil compaction and pesticide applications carefully in an effort to prevent water pollution.
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- Profit and soils status both important
- Small changes can bring big benefits
- Long term approach to improvements
A Shropshire estate is determined to show soil health can be improved within an intensive root-cropping rotation as it strives to bolster its environmental and financial sustainability.
Assessing the existing physical, chemical and biological properties of soil should be the first step in any plan to improve soil health and the approaching spring is the ideal time to begin the process.
Hutchinsons has launched its Helix project, which it says is the first of its kind to look at how technologies can be linked with knowledge to deliver a greater level of advice to farm businesses.
While soils used for brassica growing in the Lincolnshire belt are among the most fertile in the country, their structural integrity is among the least resilient, says Hutchinsons technical manager Dick Neale.