How Do We Grow As Much Grass As Dad Did Twenty Years Ago?

This was an interesting question posed to me by a client recently, they provided me with recent soil analysis data and some nutrient analysis from their silages and a recommendation for some commercially available biological supplements, along with the supplementary question “would this help”. I suspect that the issue of not growing as much grass […]

Support for Agroforestry

The government has recently issued clarification of how Agroforestry fits within the Basic Payment Scheme rules. As previously discussed in this newsletter, Agroforestry offers farmers, landowners and the environment significant benefits in terms of not only financial returns, but environmentally from carbon storage and increased biodiversity. DEFRA have clarified the situation regarding trees in field […]

Soil Carbon – Is Your Soil a Cruise Liner or a Junk?

Soil organic matter and soil carbon are currently the centre of attention for several important reasons as repeatedly discussed in this newsletter, but soils have differing potential to store carbon. An analogy that I like, is to compare your soil with is a cruise liner. Is your soil a mega liner with thousands of passengers […]