For Rob and Matt Turner who farm on the edge of the Salisbury Plain, cover crops have increasingly become an important addition to their rotation since their introduction in 2015.
During that time we have experimented with a number of combinations and found that product choice must be what suits your individual needs both in terms of soil type and crop rotation.
Currently we are using a cereal, vetch, phacelia and oil radish mix which we have found has improved the soil structure, resulting in fewer cultivations. Soil health has improved as a result and worm numbers have increased.
The mix survives well through the winter and we have been able to graze it with young stock from the suckler herd after the January cut off point , for 6 – 8 weeks before sowing a spring crop directly into the seed bed.
Green manure crops not only improve the soil status, composition and nutrient balance but also provide a base for an environmentally friendly approach to today’s farming practices.
ForFarmers top tips for getting the most out of your cover crops:
For more information about cover crops or crop rotation please speak to your local ForFarmers account manager, call 0330 678 1200 or enquire online here.
Our analysis of first cut grass silage from across the country paints a promising picture for dairy farmers, with greater milk potential in this year’s crop despite slightly lower ME values compared to last year.
After analysing this year’s silages the results show that acid loading is higher than usual. We would therefore recommend feeding RumiBuff.
We have a wealth of expertise within our UK team. Let our youngstock, forage and nutritional specialists help you and your business.
Contact our team today