01 July 2015 | Online since 2003

Act now to avoid problems with spring cultivation



18 February 2014 05:49:48|Arable,Cereal,Crops,News

Act now to avoid problems with spring cultivation


A Norfolk land drainage firm has urged landowners to act now to avoid serious problems for spring cultivations and beyond, after experiencing a 25 per cent increase in water management projects as a result of the prolonged rainfall.

Areas of land which have not got up-to-date drainage systems are tending to experience the biggest problems, such as large pools of in-field standing water.

Tim Sisson, managing director of William Morfoot comments: “Landowners are starting to get concerned about spring cultivations because the ongoing rainfall is preventing machinery from accessing the land. The agricultural calendar is in danger of slipping behind and those with poor drainage infrastructure are having a worse time of it because it could take weeks for surface water to clear.”

The maintenance of any water course is vital if water is to flow efficiently away from areas where it might otherwise be liable to build up and flooding.

Tim continues: “The failure to recognise the importance of watercourses is something that we routinely come across and from an agricultural perspective it is undoubtedly responsible for land underperforming and producing lower yields across vast areas of land.

“Maintaining watercourses and having appropriate land drainage systems in place is vital for maximising yield potential of important agricultural crops.”

The difference to yield is staggering with yield increases being observed in the immediate aftermath of drainage installation. Tim observes: “We’ve had one client commenting just this week that his yield mapping software had shown he had averaged a typical yield of 8t/ha of wheat in the 10 years prior to installing a new comprehensive land drainage system on a 50 acre field. This yield increased to 11.25 t/ha in the 2013 harvest following the installation of a new land drainage system.”

Download




Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


Start Date: 19 June 2015
Job for Permanent Shepherd/Stockman sought on a busy mixed farm in Kent

This role has come available for an experienced stock person to work alongside contract shepherds on a flock of 750 suffolkXm...


Start Date: 23 June 2015
Job for Experienced Bale Chaser Driver required in >>>Nottinghamshire<<<

Straw baling contractor looking for experienced bale chaser driver to operate a Heath Super Chaser Extra in the Nottinghamshi...


Start Date: 1 July 2015
G211: Trainee Dairy Specialist - North East England

A well established and reputable Agricultural Business serving farmers in the North of England is currently seeking a Trainee...


Start Date: 11 June 2015
General Farm Worker: permanent job in Hertfordshire.

An opportunity has arisen in South Herts to join a team of 4 on a mixed livestock unit with specific responsibilities for&nbs...


Start Date: 1 July 2015
A427: Territory Sales Person - Agricultural Machinery - West Midlands

De Lacy Executive seek an experienced and enthusiastic sales person with drive and determination, to cover a sales territory ...





Top stories you may have missed
5 June 2015 | Cattle

A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...


5 June 2015 | Arable

Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...


5 June 2015 | Arable

With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...


5 June 2015 | Finance

A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...


5 June 2015 | Farmshops

A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...


4 June 2015 | Finance

Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...


4 June 2015 | Agri Safety

A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...


4 June 2015 | News

A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...


4 June 2015 | Finance

The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...


4 June 2015 | Arable

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will have mobile support units at the follo...