Use of herbal leys within an integrated farming system could enable farmers to reduce input expenditure and improve soil health, visitors to an Agricology field day at Daylesford Farm in Oxfordshire heard.
Straight 34.5 per cent N produced an extra 0.4t/ha (0.16t/acre) of milling wheat over crops using a urea fertiliser as their only source of nitrogen in 2017 according to new trials results announced by CF Fertilisers.
New field trials are using rice grains to mimic black-grass seeds are said to have clearly demonstrated the implications of different cultivation techniques for integrated management of weed populations.
With regular rain showers causing drilling delays for many, sowing cover crops has not been a top priority. But with the weather more settled, Will Shepherd says its not too late to sow a competitive cover crop.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) have announced a new research partnership to develop practical soil biology management guidance.