What we offer

Soil management

Physical

It’s not all about cultivations. In fact where cultivations are concerned our belief is ‘less is more’, or ‘tillage begets tillage’. Once you till, you need to till more and more over time, to create the same effect. As you do so you are oxidising the carbon out of the soil. This precious atom which is the fundamental basis of all life, and the basis of your soil fertility and productivity.

Chemical

We focus on getting the soil chemistry ‘balanced’ for better structure, better input use efficiency and more consistent output. We start with basic soil test results which you probably already have and then use this information to lead us to areas where we may need more in-depth soil analysis.

Biological

Restore porosity and aggregate stability to the soil to allow greater water and air movement within the soil will in turn provide a habitat that the biology will want to inhabit. It’s that simple. However, the chemical balance of the soil is crucial to achieving this.

Out ultimate aim is no-till but this may not be for everyone and so we can help you on this path to reduced.

Crop Nutrition

As we continue to ‘mine’ our soils it become apparent that crop nutrition is not just about N, P & K. In our drive for sustainable farming and healthier crops and soils we need to ensure they are adequately nourished.

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Strategic Agronomy

Is what we offer. We are not a traditional agronomy company, we can give you as much input as you require in any of the following topics wile working alongside your existing advisor who can deal with the usual day-to-day agronomy requirements. We find this works well where everyone is aligned and working towards the same goal.

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Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a systems approach which puts the soil, and carbon management at centre of the system. Regenerative systems are based upon some similar principles.

The principles of CA are;

  • Minimum Soil Disturbance
  • Continuous Soil Cover
  • Species Diversity

Minimum Soil Disturbance

Generally minimum soil disturbance refers to the absolute minimum you can get away with, yet still establish a productive crop. In reality this means no-till. No-till can be a very cheap and effective method of crop establishment. It doesn’t even require an expensive drill, it may be possible to adapt a drill you already own or can readily acquire.

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Continuous Soil Cover

In nature it is very rare to see bare soil, especially in our temperate climate where rainfall tends to exceed evaporation. New growth simply covers the soil very quickly.

Why is bare soil a problem?

There are two main reasons why, as farmers, we need to weary of leaving soil uncovered;

  1. Bare soil is open to erosion from wind & rain. When this happens you are loosing your main business resource. There are also wider environmental impacts from the resultant loss of nitrogen and phosphate and the physical contamination from the sediments lost.
  2. The soils needs to be fed with carbon from root exudates or by returning residues and manures. Without this the carbon loss is accelerated as the soil biology turn to soil organic matter as their carbon and energy source.

How do we achieve this in practice?

By utilising cover crops where practicable, and by chopping nadn accurately spreading all crop residues.

Soil carbon is soil fertility, bare soils cost fertility. Cover crops and residues help return carbon and therefore fertility to the soil.

Species Diversity

Speaks for itself really, this may mean widening the rotation, it could mean the use of cover and catch crops at points in the rotation. It may mean mixed species cropping. What is apparent is the once we start introducing greater diversity into the rotation the effects are greater than the sum of their parts.