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JULY 2017
The Key to
unlocking yield
through ‘Healthy Soils’
Andy Hoyles
Good soil health is fundamental to agricultural productivity and sustainability and in order
to actively manage soil resources for optimum crop performance it is vital to be able to
effectively measure and monitor soil health.
“Healthy Soils is the new service
from Hutchinsons, that does just
this,” says Andy Hoyles, Hutchinsons
nutritional development manager.
“As a business, we firmly believe in
the benefits of delivering a complete
service that measures and monitors
soil health, creating a much better
understanding of soils, yields and
overall farm profitability.”
“The bespoke report that is produced
through the Healthy Soils programme
details findings that the agronomist
and farmer can discuss together and
then agree an action plan that will
modify farm practices to encourage
soil OM to build and fauna and flora
to flourish for the long term.”
Mr Hoyles points out that although
soil health is predominately seen
as a function of biological activity,
it is influenced by the dynamic
interactions that occur between the
physical, chemical and biological
components of the soil.
Physical components: of soil are determined by the amounts of sand, clay etc
and how these combine with organic matter determines the soil structure – and
soil structure affects the movement of air and water through the soil and therefore
crop establishment and tolerance to environmental stress.
Biological components: this is the amount of humus organic matter in the soil
which provides a long-term source of energy and nutrients for beneficial fungi and
bacteria. Humus organic matter is in the form of long chain polymers, capable
of binding sand, silt and clay into stable soil aggregates, while at the same time
providing exchange sites for nutrients and improving water retention.
Chemical components: this is the impact that soil chemistry has on soil
microbe interactions to microbial growth promotion.
Soil chemical properties also regulate microbial
growth rates directly through nutrient availability.
This affects the rate at which microbes release
plant available nutrients.
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2 BASIS Crop Protection
CPD points for 2017/18.
To claim your points, please email your
name and account number, plus the reference
Code: CP/58273/1718/g to site@basis-reg.co.uk

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