November 08, 2013
Some arable farmers need to accept that it might take them two years to correct all the damage caused to their soils over the past two years.
So says James Clark, Great Plains’ Territory Manager for Eastern England, after talking to a range of visitors at the new CropTec event, held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough:
“We spent a lot of time at the event discussing soil structure, and many visitors said they now accepted it might take more than one year to undo the damage done in the past two wet seasons.
“Conditions in the summer and early in autumn were very dry and hard, but ideal for sub-soiling. But for many farmers they turned damp very early in the season and that stopped them from doing as much work as they had planned.
“The season is now over, so they are probably best leaving the land alone and planning for next year, when they should make a priority of tackling the worst problems as early as possible.
“Some soils may have slumped, so they might consider fitting something like a FlatLiner with our LD legs, which do an excellent job of restructuring the soil to depth with less surface disturbance”.