Tips To Improve Soil Health All Year Round

Farm

We all know how important soil health is for crops and farms, here we are looking at ways you can improve yours season by season!

Spring:

  • Aeration of grass land soil can help improve soil drainage.
  • Having multiple gateways for cow tracks will help reduce soil compaction.
  • Spreading slurry and farmyard manure lessens the requirement for artificial fertilisers, it also encourages earthworms.

Summer:

  • Hedging helps act as a barrier to help reduce wind erosion.
  • Reduction in tyre pressures reduces soil compaction.
  • Harvesting at the correct time helps to increase soils organic matter for the next crop.

Autumn:

  • Direct drilling of winter crops following harvest using a minimum tillage method will create fewer soil disturbances and increases organic matter in the top of the soil.
  • Cover your crops to help improve soil structure and filtration.

Winter:

  • Buffer strips on field margins act as a wind barrier to help reduce wind erosion.
  • Keeping livestock inside over winter helps reduce soil erosion and poaching in wetter months.
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