Soil samples are the basis of understanding what is going on in your soil. These range from standard sample analysis to in-depth analysis looking at the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of your soil. Soil samples should be carried out every five years as per the water framework directive.
The soil fertility review looks at individual fields. Our experts will take 15 to 20 individual samples from various parts of the field and produce a report guiding you as to which remedial action is required.
Our forage specialists can assist you with nutrient management planning (fertiliser plans) which allows us to match your nutrient inputs (fertilisers and organic manures) to your crop’s demand.
Efficient nutrient application enables the potential to:
- Increase crop yield and quality.
- Minimise the amount of artificial and organic fertilisers required which can be financially beneficial.
- Reduce ammonia emissions which improves air quality and therefore, human health.
- Reduces damage to sensitive habitats caused by excess nutrients carried away through air or water.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in turn helping to mitigate climate change.
The best time to prepare a nutrient management plan is late winter or early spring, before crops are most likely to take up nutrients.
For those of you who are within an NVZ, we offer reports that will ensure you are compliant with the regulations.
Map courtesy of https://environment.data.gov.uk/farmers/
Grass is an important crop and can provide a large proportion of the energy requirements for Dairy, Beef and Sheep systems. Yet, it rarely earns the respect it deserves as a potentially high-quality, natural ruminant feed. Grazed grass is the cheapest feed on the farm when utilised effectively.
The first step to greater utilisation is to understand how grass grows and to start measuring availability and growth speeds. We can then assist in balancing feed supply with demand and make informed decisions on stocking levels and future management.
Published: Thursday, 09 Mar 2023