It’s been a good start for this season’s pulse crops. Winter beans are well established and spring drilling went into excellent seed bed conditions but there is still a very long way to go. With last year’s wet weather in mind and reports of disease pressure in winter beans beginning to circulate, it’s a good time to take a look at your nutrition programme and make sure you are doing everything in your control to mitigate risk. (more…)
With manganese being the most commonly deficient trace element in UK soils and potentially impacting on the development, health, quality and yield of arable and vegetable crops, countering deficiencies is a necessity for many farms. John Bird from F D Bird & Sons, tells us how switching to a lower volume product has brought efficiencies in both time and cost.
Manganese is the most commonly deficient trace element in UK soils affecting many crops including cereals, field vegetables, brassicas root and horticultural crops. Availability of manganese is affected by the high soil pH in peaty or over-limed soils, high organic matter, where compaction or poor drainage restricts rooting or where the crop has been sown into a loose, aerated seed bed with poor root soil contact. (more…)