LAMMA is the UK’s largest agricultural trade show, where over 850 exhibitors will host the most extensive array of farm machinery, equipment, and services to be found in one location anywhere in the UK.
With minimal soil disturbance at establishment looking likely to play a role in future crop support payments, what might those still relatively inexperienced in min- or no-till need to be prepared for?
Improved soil structure, nutrient retention and enhanced soil organic matter levels are just some of the suggested benefits associated with cover cropping, but does the strategy directly impact on weed populations?
Poor soil health is contributing to the development of serious black-grass problems on many farms. But there are cultivation and crop residue strategies which can help, says soil and tillage expert Steve Townsend.
With some farmers sceptical about the viability of cover crops, the Allerton project hosted an event which focused on the benefits they can offer and provided advice on how they can be managed for best results.