Soil Focus

With around 70% of the UK’s agricultural area being grassland of one type of another, achieving and maintaining good soil health is increasingly important to make the UK grass crop more efficient, productive and profitable.

 

Our advice for grassland farmers is to prioritise soil health and fertility now and take time to walk grass fields as soon as possible. Immediate soil sampling and addressing soil compaction as soon as conditions allow will speed up the recovery of grass crops from the winter damage. It is likely that soil mineral Nitrogen levels will be low so following soil sampling and compaction reduction effort, timely applications of spring fertiliser in the correct soil and climate conditions will be crucial for yield and quality for spring grazing and first cut silage whilst minimising losses which are costly and potentially polluting.