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Soil Matters

It’s worth testing your soil routinely and in particular prior to reseeding

Watson Seeds have tested hundreds of samples throughout 2015 & 2016 and the table below shows the percentage of soils that were found to be below the ideal nutrient levels for grass and the impact it has.

All the above deficiencies are severely reducing potential animal performance and profit – unlock the potential on your farm.

If you would like more information please contact the office on 01368 840655

SOIL AERATION

Throughout the prolonged wet spring of 2016 it was evident that soil was becoming compacted on many farms. Even grazing sheep were poaching grass, compacting the ground and swards became quite muddy and open if they were densely stocked. The end result of any excessive tramping by stock or use of machinery when soils are too wet is that compaction occurs. This essentially expels oxygen from the root zone and nutrients don’t pass from the soil to the plants as efficiently as they should. Compaction also limits the activity of soil microbes and invertebrates and the whole subterranean ecosystem is drastically affected.

This can be corrected by subsoiling or aeration. Assuming conditions are suitable, aeration breaks up the compacted soil which oxygenates the soil enabling the soil microorganisms and  invertebrates to function properly. It also assists the natural drainage of the soil and boosts grass production significantly. We have seen some excellent examples of positive improvement after soil aeration and would strongly recommend it where we know soils have become compacted.

A waterlogged field pictured in spring 2016