Unearthing the Answer to Farm Productivity

Published Wednesday, 28th November 2012 in Farming For A Better Climate news

Robert Neill and Bruce Ball

This year’s terrible weather has led many farmers to experience soil structural problems which, if left unchecked, can have a significant impact on crop growth and productivity.

SAC Consulting (a Division of SRUC) is holding an event near Jedburgh at 11.30am on Thursday 6 December that will offer farmers guidance on how to assess their soils and deal with problems.

One of the main causes of poor crop growth and surface waterlogging is soil compaction. After this season’s testing conditions there is a need to identify where compaction has occurred and how to alleviate it.

At the workshop on Thursday 6 December at Robert and Jacqueline Neill’s Upper Nisbett Farm, SRUC soil specialist Bruce Ball will draw on his 35 years of experience to show farmers how they can visually assess their soils for problem signs.  Bruce is asking local farmers to dig out a slice of their soil and bring it along for a structural assessment. They should dig out a slice of soil to spade depth (about six inches thick), put it on a tray or stiff board and in a thick poly bag to keep it intact. Problem soils are welcomed!

Bruce will also be drawing on initial results from the SRUC and Dairy Co partnership project on the impacts and remediation of soil compaction. He will discuss options available for alleviating soil compaction on Borders farms. Tony Powell and his colleagues from Michelin will be talking about tyre choice and pressure in relation to soil compaction and fuel consumption.

The open meeting, funded by the Scottish Governments Farming for a Better Climate Initiative, is free. For more information contact Moira Gallagher 01835 823322 or email Moira.Gallagher@sac.co.uk.

Event Details

Soils Workshop at Upper Nisbet Discussion Group
11.30am, Thursday 6 December 2012
Upper Nisbet Farm, Jedburgh, TD8 6TS.

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