• Using earthworms as indicators of soil health - Jackie Stroud, Rothamsted Research

    Using earthworms as indicators of soil health

    Earthworms are like the miner’s canary, indicating a problem with the underground world. They are sensitive to pH, water-logging, compaction, rotations, tillage and responsive to applications of organic matter. This is why there is a major project underway to investigate the use of earthworms as indicators of soil health.

    Jackie Stroud, NERC Soil Security Fellow, is a world leading authority on earthworms, or “soil ecosystem engineers” as she calls them, and she has been investigating the relationship between type and abundance of earthworms and healthy soil.  She is one of the speakers at ‘Waiting for Worms’ the topic of our Water and Soil Health Special Interest Group event on 16th May 2018.

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  • Jamie Lockhart, Honingham Thorpe Farms feat

    Could ‘flying flocks’ be the answer to soil fertility and low margins?

    “We know as arable farmers that we need to do something to improve soil health and structure and the inclusion of livestock in the rotation must be beneficial,” says Jamie…

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  • Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2017

    Back to the future for sustainable farming

    “We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate and speaker at the forthcoming REAP conference. Blenkiron believes…

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  • A few minutes adjusting tyre pressure can improve a crop

    A few minutes adjusting tyre pressure can improve a crop

    “Soil compaction is probably the most significant challenge to all crop development,” says Bill Basford, Independent Mechanisation Specialist. Bill will be giving advice about matching tyres and pressure to soil…

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  • Allpress Farms Anaerobic Digester

    What is the impact of digestate on soil?

    Digestate, a by-product of anaerobic digestion, is increasingly of interest to farmers as it promises a rich source of nitrogen and an alternative to artificial fertilisers, but how to use…

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  • SoilSense - Dallan Byrne feat

    Soil moisture sensor breakthrough paves way for smart irrigation

    An aerial soil moisture sensor that can provide a detailed map of the water status of a whole field in minutes is being developed by Bristol based SoilSense. The early…

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  • Reward farmers for Natural Capital, says Andrew Blenkiron ahead of Agri-Tech East's REAP conference 2017

    Reward farmers for building soil fertility, says Andrew Blenkiron

    “We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, Suffolk. He is scheduled to speak at this…

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  • Soil-for-Life - Jonathan Tole at GROW 2017

    Soil-For-Life helps farmers prioritise interventions

    “What factors can I influence to improve yield?” This is the question that Jonathan Tole has frequently asked himself. This challenge – faced by farmers worldwide – was the inspiration…

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  • Omnia Precision Agronomy - software connecting agronomy and precision farming

    Creating the optimum seed bed

    “Omnia Precision software mirrors the way farmers and agronomists think when they look at a field,” says Oliver Wood, Precision Farming Technology Manager at Hutchinsons. The company’s new precision agronomy…

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  • Gary Zimmer - “Feed the soil and it will feed you”

    “Feed the soil and it will feed you,” Gary Zimmer says at REAP

    Yield and quality can be improved, within the existing fertilizer budget, by a move to Biological Farming.  Soil and tissue testing are essential to assess the available nutrition in the…

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