• Another trial: sward-lifting half of compacted fields

Where there’s a problem with soil compaction that goes below 10inches, then slitting or aerating is not going to resolve the problem. What’s needed is a sward-lifter. On our original field inspections, we’d identified some fields with compaction, and these have now been sward-lifted.

This year, instead of sward-lifting the whole of each field, we have just worked half the field, so we can more easily see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ effect.