Getting to Know Your Soils

This month, local South Staffordshire Soil Farmer of the Year and winner of our  Whitegrove Trophy  Competition, Tim Parton spoke to Janet Hughes, director of DEFRA’s Future Farming and Countryside programme about his passion for sustainable soil management on his farm.

“Soil is such a valuable resource and we can’t afford to abuse it”

Tim is the farm manager at Breewood Park Farm, South Staffordshire (300ha).

An arable farmer, Tim uses a no-till system, brews nitrogen fixing bacteria and regularly monitors plant health and nutrition using methods including sap testing. This has significantly reduced the amount of inorganic fertiliser, fungicides and pesticides that are used on the farm. Not only has this  improved soil health it has also considerably improved crop yields.

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