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Scotland Technical Advisor
"We work closely with game managers to identify, plan, create and support the delivery of the best habitats".
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"Take a tailored approach to stewardship with the best technical advice and support on conservation management".
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Northern Technical Advisor
"Expert advice on cover crop selection helps improve soil health, nitrogen use efficiency and integrated pest management".
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Central Technical Advisor
"High quality and productive forage crops start with the correct advice to meet your specific needs".
Cover cropping is on the minds of many farmers as a solution for improving the output of different rotations and cropping plans - especially given the spotlight that is now on soil health.
Cover crops are fast growing annuals which, when planted between two cash crops, have the ability to boost yields as well as deliver financial savings. For many they are becoming an integral part of the rotation given their agronomic benefits for following crops, helping to increase organic matter levels, capture vital nutrients, improve soil structure and reduce pollution.
As well as the benefits they bring direct to the field cover crops can form a core element of agri-environment schemes, providing growers with additional revenue streams as a result.
To achieve maximum results, several factors must be considered when choosing a cover crop, including target benefits, planting date, following crop timings, soil type, location and the rotation as a whole. Expert advice is essential in making the correct decision - the right cover crop will be different from farm to farm.
Working alongside colleagues from SOYL and Frontier as part of its Soil Life service, our advisors can help you put your plans for improved soil health and resilience into action. Alongside comprehensive soil analysis, we can help you select a cover crop or a custom made mixture that will suit your farm's needs, safely fit into your rotation, save on nitrogen costs, boost the sustainability of your soils and increase your yields.
We are constantly developing our expertise and are heavily involved in on-farm testing and the evaluation of cover crops. Through ongoing research and development, we produce all our own mixtures which are fully proven in the UK. Some of our most innovative demonstration work is undertaken in partnership with several host farmers as part of Frontier's Soil Life trials network.
If you're considering cover crops but would like further information about soil analysis, you can find more information about Soil Life at the links below. Alternatively, to arrange a farm visit or for advice on specific situations, please contact us.