Look at Good and Bad

David Holmes discusses soil structure with farmers at a dealer field day
David Holmes discusses soil structure with farmers at a dealer field day

Farmers should look at the healthy parts of their crops as much as the bare and thin patches to decide what remedial action might be required to repair damaged soils, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director for Great Plains.

Such agronomic advice will be on offer from the company’s stand at Cereals 2013 (Stand 12-K-1223):

“Obviously farmers must examine the bare and thin patches to decide what remedial action might be required before the next crop is drilled.

“But they should also look at the healthy areas of crop, and consider the differences between the two areas.

“While the temptation is to leave this sort of work until after harvest, there are very good reasons for doing it within the growing crop.

“It will enable you to get a good picture of the crop’s root structure, and marry up the state of root development with crop yields and help you detect the severity and depth of any compaction.

“That is essential for correct diagnosis and planning of any remedial action that may be needed – such as the depth at which to work and which leg and wing combination to run”.