Saturated soil is not only bad for the health of crops but it also makes the use of machinery more difficult, if not impossible. To combat this problem, farmers need to rely on drainage systems to ensure they optimise their yields but what are their options? Natural drainage versus artificial drainage Firstly, drainage can be
There is increasing pressure when it comes to safely storing manures and fertilisers, and farmers need to make sure that it is not harming the environment in any way. New legislation dictates that all farmers have to meet Nitrate Vulnerable Zone standards, regardless of whether they are in a NVZ zone or not. Anyone applying
The UK has many different types of soil due to variations in geology, climate, plant and animal ecology and land use. Understanding the type of soil you have is an important first step in identifying the best crops to grow and the actions needed, such as good drainage, to get the most from your soil.
The start of 2020 has already brought its challenges for UK farmers – from one of the wettest winters on record to the sunniest spring to date. So how can farmers protect their land from such weather extremes? One way is to improve the health of their soil. Here are our top 3 tips: Don’t
One of our farming customers recently showed his appreciation to the NHS by creating a huge heart-shaped tribute in his field – what a fantastic way to say thank you! Farm owner, David Jones, who is based just outside Stratford-upon-Avon ploughed the massive NHS lettering into one of his fields. The amazing footage has already
It’s hard to believe that we’re only three months into 2020 and so many significant things have happened – from months of flooding to Brexit to the impact of the Coronavirus. We know our farming customers haven’t had it easy, but what recent weeks have highlighted is their importance to the UK. Now more than
We’ve harped on about the importance of soil in farming for years but the recent Agriculture Bill has confirmed just how critical it is. But what can you do to improve your soil? What is the Agriculture Bill? The UK’s new Agriculture Bill has been called “one of the most significant pieces of legislation for
In the volatile world of farming, in which traditional farm businesses are sensitive to input prices and extreme weather, more and more farmers are now choosing to diversify. This strategy not only helps protect farm owners incomes during turbulent farming periods but it also helps them to become more profitable. In fact, 62% of UK
If you’re unsure whether your land drainage system is fully working, here’s a useful guide to help you understand what you need to look for. How to check? The best time to check is just after a heavy rain downfall. Here’s what you need to look for: Working correctly: The drains are running freely. They dry
After a record-breaking Easter with temperatures hitting an unseasonal 25C in some parts of the UK, there are growing concerns over the continued lack of significant rain and low river flows. According to a recent survey by the NFU, some farmers are putting in place measures to minimise the impact of another potential dry summer.