UK agriculture in the future will be directed towards a more sustainable farming system. However, there is a need to understand, identify and assess the potential benefits of conservation agriculture and challenges it poses for adoption by growers to be successful.
"As the agricultural industry changes, we want to support our growers with advice on how to manage farms in a sustainable way. Conservation Agriculture may provide us with a chance to reduce costs, improve soil health and develop a sustainable farming system to maintain or possibly improve farm profitability and food security whilst supporting wider biodiversity and protecting natural resources.”
- Belinda Bailey, Sustainable Farming Manager
Conservation Agriculture Elements
Click on the icons below for a video tour of each element of the Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Initiative, with the experiences and views of farmers. researchers and influencers involved with the project.
Get an overview of the project from Belinda Bailey here, or drive straight in and start watching the set by clicking the highlighted icons.
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Trialing three farming systems
Conventional plough-based cultivations and establishment of principally winter crops in rotation
Introduces practices of reduced non-inversion tillage, along with spring crops and cover crops
Further moves to no-tillage and direct drilling for crop establishment, including cover crops
About the trials sites
Trial at Loddington
in conjunction with GWCT and NIAB
- Heavy land site
- 5 fields split 3 ways to cover each scenario
- 5 year rotation: Hyvido-OSR-WW-S Beans/Peas-WW
Watch Farmer Phil discuss why he is involved in the project and his learnings from the first season.
Trial in Kent
in conjunction with NIAB
- Light land site
- 4 fields split 3 ways to cover each system
- 5 year rotation: WW-SB-S Beans-WW-OSR