Earthworm

Resilient Soils

Minimising unnecessary soil disturbance

AHDB will be looking at the need to minimise unnecessary soil disturbance and movement is at the forefront of most Farmers thoughts when considering cultivations and crop establishment.

AHDB will be looking at the need to minimise unnecessary soil disturbance and movement is at the forefront of most Farmers thoughts when considering cultivations and crop establishment. Advantages are numerous, and include:
· improved management of resistant grass weeds;
· reduced soil structure damage, and costs to both the farming operation and the environment caused by high soil movement;
· the benefit of “prevention rather than cure” – for example care in setting of ballast and tyre pressures;
· using roots to improve structure and resilience. Metal rarely solves soil structure issues entirely, but can be the means to start the process, and make this as efficient as possible to support yields and overall returns;
· such actions also then benefit soil biology, resilience, and ultimately, crop yield.
The aim of this station will be to examine the effects of managing tyre pressures, and how this impacts on the need for cultivations, or otherwise. Setting of remedial actions will be assessed according to the requirements and results obtained.