Last autumn, following concerns about water quality in the North Cotswold catchment area, Natural England began a set of trials on August Farms. Their study looks at how cover crops performeconomically and their role in the reduction of nutrient leaching.Frontier and Kings collaborated in these trails, offering seedexpertise and support.
Thanks to Mr August's extensive experience with cover crops, the establishment procedure was ideal. The wheat crop was harvestedon 13th August with the straw being chopped and spread. The cover crops were direct drilled the next day, with 18 kg N/ha being usedas a starter, and then the area was ring rolled.