Arable farmers have become increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable farming systems. There continues to be much topical discussion on how to improve soil fertility, increase yields and reduce crop production costs. Expenditure on fertiliser represents a significant proportion of the variable costs to grow crops, and farmers should consider the long-term benefits when utilising livestock manures as a source of nutrients for crop production,
Category: Nutrient Management
- Agronomist & Arable Farmer
One of the biggest challenges facing growers and advisers is how to respond to each season appropriately. Tim Kerr, Hutchinsons fertiliser manager, explains.
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.
For many farmers managing and recording manure is a constant challenge as the current legislative requirement to demonstrate manure management and NVZ compliance means that every farm must have accurate and reliable manure management plans in place.
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.
The 350ha Isle Estate on the banks of the River Severn northwest of Shrewsbury has been owned by the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and its current lifetime tenant and trustee Edward Tate is eager to secure a sustainable future for the farm.
Two Staffordshire farmers have proved that an attention to detail when growing crops pays off as they are named as winners in the national Yield Enhancement Network Competition.
John Billington of Adbaston Hall, near Newport won a Bronze award for his 5.9t/ha yield of oilseed rape. Whilst Mark Swift of Red House Farm, High-Onn near Stafford won the best potential yield for his crop of winter wheat achieving 64% of the 15.8t/ha potential.