Profit begins below ground

Picture of attendees in the NIAB Soil Hole Cereals 2019

Picture of  soil in NIAB Soil Hole Cereals 2019

The 20 metre long NIAB Soil Hole is back again showcasing a wide range of research and information on rotations, cultivations, tillage and soil management from NIAB specialists and project partners. It is your chance to get down and dirty with the perfect view of the roots of various crops, providing a unique opportunity to explore the foundations of various farming system options and discover the impact of different cropping options on soil structure.

This year’s surrounding plots show alternative break crops, herbal ley mixtures and a hybrid versus conventional comparison of above and below ground crop growth in winter oilseed rape, wheat and barley.

Rotational decisions are often made with limited thought about the impact on soil. Herbal leys allow growers to consider their rotational diversity options and visitors can also take a look at some crop alternatives to winter oilseed rape, including canary seed, spring linseed, lentils and ahiflower alongside spring legumes with plots of lupins, peas and field beans.

The NIAB Soil Hole is complemented by information presented at the Soil Health Presentations in the Cereals AHDB Theatre on Day Two, presentations within the NAAC Land Drainage Hub and in the direct drill demo area.

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