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OFS: Farmers encouraged to ‘plant your pants’ to spark interest in soil health

Organisers of LEAF Open Farm Sunday are encouraging farmers to plant cotton pants now to demonstrate to visitors in June the importance of soil management in agriculture, and the role of microorganisms in maintaining its health.

Lessons learnt: The path to a regenerative farm

With the agricultural industry under the spotlight due to the ‘climate crisis’, regenerative farming is a hot topic. However, the ability to be able to change your farming practices comes down to one thing – the bottom line. Rachel Hicks reports.

Warwickshire farmers benefit from environmental support

With increasing pressure on farms to reduce environmental impacts and adhere to a rising number of standards, the Arden Farm Wildlife Network allows farmers to access free guidance to improve habitats and, potentially, farm productivity too. Farmers Guide teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts for a series of articles to learn more about its work with farms…

Phacelia and oil radish uncovered as soil saviours

Growing phacelia or oil radish cover crops in vegetable rotations helps to build and stabilise soils – with a new trial revealing it could safeguard future productivity.

Soil care and crop health – more than just tillage

Changing from a conventional to strip tillage in 2019 was something of a baptism of fire for fourth-generation East Yorkshire grower Jonathan Hodgson.

New guide to help farmers assessing soil carbon

A new practical guide to assessing soil carbon promises to answer farmers’ key questions at a time when many are looking to understand their soil health.

Re-thinking your grassland aeration

With current fertiliser challenges and pressure to increase carbon capture and efficiency on farm, AerWorx offers some fresh advice on aeration of compacted soil.

Resistance breakdown: Septoria’s resurgence in 2021

Dr Cathy Hooper, RAGT Seeds technical sales manager, reviews the late Septoria tritici epidemic that hit many wheat crops this season.

Wet soil – harvest damage avoidance and rectification

For some crops, like maize, sugar beet and field brassica, the risk of wet soil at harvest and the resultant damage is ever present… But should we accept the risk and resign ourselves to rectifying as required, or think about building resilience into soils to better cope with the risk? Hutchinsons technical manager Dick Neale discusses.

Sustainable farming benefits from after-market inflation system

An aftermarket on-board tyre inflation system is helping one of the UK’s largest vegetable and salad producers protect vulnerable black fen soils. David Williams reports.

Are you ready? Preparing farmers for the future

What will your farm look like in five, 10 or even 30 years, and what actions can you take now to create that new future?

Top tips for maintaining soil health

Cultivation measures need to evolve in-line with the increasing move towards regenerative agricultural practices, according to independent soil and cultivations consultant Philip Wright.

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