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1553: The Allerton project – soil, water and farming

This paper is taken from a section of ‘20 Years of The Allerton Project’. The full report is on the website of the project’s parent organisation, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.:

Year of Publication2012

Reduced soil disturbance is associated with more earthworms and soil fungi. Improved soil structure can absorb more rainfall. Tramlines running up and down the slope were responsible for 80% of the surface run-off, despite occupying 2-3% of the field surface area. Reduced cultivation costs using min-till and a stable blackgrass population have seen the financial margin of the wheat crop increase over the plough based system.

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