Soil & Water


Fertile soil is the foundation for productive agriculture. Research into farming techniques can help to reduce loss and protect water quality.

Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Practices Project

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 to be successful. The project focuses on three different cultivation systems at field scale over a 5 year rotation, with sites in 5 European countries across different soil types. 8,400 data points will be generated across the two UK sites over 5 years in the UK, to understand different farming systems and impacts on: productivity, profitability, field operations, agronomy, sustainability. We are working alongside farmers, researchers and industry specialists to understand the complexity and riskiness of the systems to provide advice for sustainable farming adoption.

Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Practices Project at Loddington

Operation Pollinator Green Headland Mix

Operation Pollinator Green Headland Mix acts as a buffer to protect soils and water, as well as a valuable additional food source and habitat for insects and other farm biodiversity.

Syngenta Operation Pollinator research, in conjunction with ASDA, has demonstrated clear improvements in soil protection and structure on areas sown using a Green Headland seed mix alongside crops, along with the opportunity to reduce nutrient leaching. The cover crop can help to trap and retain soil movement in the field, whilst the rooting acts to stabilise the soil surface and protect from damage by tractors and irrigation equipment through the crop’s growing operations. Potato and root vegetable growers could use the mix to better utilise unproductive field headlands to deliver significant environmental enhancements, as well as protect valuable soil and water resources.

Green Headland mix alongside potatoes

After two years of successful trials with ASDA potato and root vegetable suppliers, the Green Headland Mix is now available to all growers, as the special Syngenta Operation Pollinator Offer.

Growers Guidelines

Operation Pollinator Growers Guidelines

Find out how to get the best success from sowing Operational Pollinator mixes and how multifunctional landscapes could help?