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1290: Rotations and cultivation methods on heavy soils

This paper is taken from an article in NIAB’s Landmark Bulletin.

Year of Publication2011

The STAR project is a long term rotational study on a clay soil examining the interaction between four different rotations and four different cultivation methods. There are clear differences in soil structure and an increasing grass-weed burden becoming apparent in continuous wheat plots established with non-ploughing systems. Long term data shows that while plough based approaches tend to give the highest yields, the highest margin returns may come from a managed approach - selecting cultivations to suit crops and being guided by field conditions and soil assessments.

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