Farming Connect urges farmers to take steps now to help them bring compacted or water-logged land back to optimum condition and increase productivity!

Farmers throughout Wales have been battling tough weather conditions for months on end. An early wet autumn was followed by a harsh winter with unprecedented levels of driving rain, heavy snowfalls and freezing conditions. The result is seriously damaged compacted land and drainage issues for many.

Fortunately, practical help is at hand through Farming Connect which is organising a series of regional ‘Soil, muck and money’ events, to help farmers manage their soils in the best possible way and get the best out of nutrient management planning.

Dewi Hughes, technical development manager with Menter a Busnes which delivers Farming Connect, makes a persuasive case for all farmers facing challenging land conditions to book a place.

“Attending one of these events will show you what steps you can take to rectify the damage sustained over the past few months, which will help you obtain the best possible grassland and crops in future.

“Understanding the value of farmyard manure and slurry and learning how and where to make best use of these resources as well as other nutrients such as potash and lime, will help you keep costs to a minimum.

“Not only will you be enhancing the soil longer term through more effective management, you’ll be improving your land’s long-term sustainability as well as reducing agri-pollution levels and minimising your carbon footprint,” added Mr. Hughes.

Each event will cover the theory behind soil sampling; the scientifically proven benefits of nutrient management planning; slurry storage and infrastructure and also include demonstrations on a range of soil conditioning and drainage equipment.

“Throughout Wales, we’re seeing farmers spreading slurry and farmyard manure on their driest field, not necessarily because those fields actually need it, but simply because they cannot risk churning up the water-logged fields even more.

“Sound nutrient management planning involves so many elements including keeping up to date records, having an understanding of all nutrients, including farmyard manure and slurry and rush management, but attending one of these events, will bring you up to speed with all of these, saving you both money and valuable time,” said Mr. Hughes.

Farming Connect has a range of services which can assist farmers improve the quality of their land ranging from technical advice available through the Advisory Service (which can be fully funded for groups, or subsidised by 80% for individuals) to soil, nutrient and manure management services, NVZ advice and environmental risk assessments.

Join us in one of the following locations:

Penrallt, Llantood, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3NU 22/05/2018 19:00 – 21:30
Clovers Farm, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5TT 07/06/2018 11:00 – 13:00
Goldslands Farm, Wenvo, Cardiff, CF5 6BE 18/06/2018 11:00 – 14:00
Trefnant Isaf, Maesmawr, Welshpool, SY21 9JG 19/06/2018 16:00 – 18:00
Cefn Amwlch, Tudweiliog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8AX 21/06/2018 13:00 – 15:00
Marian Mawr, Dyserth, Rhyl, LL18 6HT 22/06/2018 10:45 – 14:00

 

Book your space by calling the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813.

 

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.