DSV United Kingdom Ltd.

Cereals Event 2013

New Soil Improvement Thinking Lauched at Cereals

A new approach to soil improvement using specific seed mixes to address individual agronomic and production issues in intensive rotations, will be launched at Cereals 2013 by DSV UK Ltd.
 
Developed in Germany, the fast growing TerraLife mixes are designed to improve soil structure, nutrient status and weed control in modern arable production systems using only a small number of crop types as in the UK, says DSV’s Sarah Lockhart.
 
“It’s really a more scientific approach to using a single species as a catch crop or cover crop,” she explains.
 
“The wide range of plant types in the mixes increase biodiversity, provide different modes of root growth to break up the soil more thoroughly, encourage greater microbial activity and minimise nutrient loss during the winter.”
 
Aimed at producers wanting to revive tired soils in intensive rotations, use a Spring crop in their rotations or grow maize for digesters, the range is made up of five individual mixes each with specific properties.
 
TerraLife Rigol is designed to break up compacted soils using vigorous rooting varieties whilst TerraLife-N-Fixx provides rapid ground cover and optimum N-fixing from a mix of large and small leguminous varieties.
 
TerraLife Forage Rooter is a forage crop in its own right with good drymatter yield, protein content and feed value coming from a high proportion of crimson clover and TerraLife Maizepro has been specifically developed to protect soil from nutrient loss and break up compaction to provide a good entry for maize crops.
 
TerraLife-Biomax is a fast growing mixture including oil radish, buckwheat and sunflower specifically formulated to capture and preserve nutrients in systems where high volumes of slurry are used.
 
“At a time when growers are being encouraged to think about biodiversity, sustainable intensification and using less direct agronomic inputs, we believe the TerraLife philosophy has a lot going for it,” Sarah Lockhart says.
 
“There is greater interest in Spring cropping than ever before in the UK and many producers are seriously looking at maize as an arable crop for the future.
 
“The approach has had a lot of positive feedback throughout Europe and in some countries subsidies are paid for growing such crops to maintain soil organic composition and nutrient status. This last year could be the catalyst that UK farmers need to follow their European counterparts and look at such principles in more detail.”