Low temperatures that much of the country is currently experiencing suggests that it may still be too early to sow the annual green manures and wild bird seed mixtures. Brassicas in particular may not survive if their seedlings meet a late frost. Now that rain has arrived it may be ...
April is the ideal time to plant both long and short term green manure crops. The shorter term green manure crops such as mustard, sweet clover and red clover all boost soil fertility and health over the summer in between cash crops. Whereas longer term mixtures, such as Humus ...
When areas of the country suffer a very dry spell, such as spring 2017, farmers maybe concerned about seed germination.  To minimise the risk of crop failure, Ian Wilkinson (pictured), Managing Director of Cotswold Seeds, says that rolling is absolutely essential as it will ...

Correct pH is vital for maximum growth

Posted: 28th March 2012

As with any other crop, getting the pH right for grass and clovers is vital with the optimum pH for most grasses around pH 6.0 and for red and white clovers a little higher at 6.5. If your soils are acidic then lime should be applied to make it more alkaline. Lime comes in various forms and ...
Many farmers are increasingly concerned about which forage crops to plant to withstand lack of rain.  However, for farmers on dry, neutral or alkaline soils lucerne could well be the answer. Once well established, this deep rooting legume is extremely drought resistant and produces yields of ...

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