Cereals: The Arable Event

Profit begins below ground

STEP DOWN AND DISCOVER A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF SOIL STRUCTURE AND COVER CROP MIXES

Focus on soil health

The Soil Pit at Cereals

Soil health is becoming increasingly important, affecting crop vigour and yields, bio-diversity, and profitability. Getting below ground to see what is really going on isn’t easy, except at Cereals, where a 20m long, 1.2m deep trench dug through a variety of crops will provide a worm’s eye view of soil structures and roots.

Sponsored by NIAB TAG and Rothamsted Research, The Soil Pit at Cereals 2017 features a new compacted area - to illustrate the effects of poor soil structure on rooting ability -, a variety of crops with different drilling dates and cover crop mixes. Yara will also be taking samples throughout the soil profile, to illustrate the importance of measuring nutrients before choosing how, and where, to apply fertiliser.

Expert Advice

The Soil Pit will provide expert advice to enable more informed decisions about soil management. It will:

  • demonstrate how soil physics, worms and microbiology interact with plants
  • show the results of different cultivation and tillage techniques used to alleviate compaction
  • reveal the distinct rooting habits of different cover crops to and provide the information you need to choose the appropriate species to tackle specific problems

Crops being demonstrated this year include:

  • Winter and spring beans
  • Wheat and oats
  • Vetch and radish
  • Radish and oat mix

The Soil Pit at Cereals

Get an insight into what you can expect from The Soil Pit with Ron Stobart, Head of Farming Systems Research at NIAB TAG. In the below two videos, he discusses crops and soil profiles and soil structure and organic matter.

Soil and crop profiles

Crops and soil profiles

Soil structure and organic matter

Soil structure and organic matter

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