Brewing up biology
When you are putting soils first, it makes you rethink everything. One of the greatest success stories of our group are the biological brews we make on farm, inspired by GFC farmer and the grandfather of UK regen ag, Tim Parton, to mitigate disease, including septoria, fusarium, bunt and smut. Not only does it reduce chemical inputs, but each treatment costs £1.50/ha applied saving substantial sums of money.
In the first year he trialled it, Tim’s nitrogen rates reduced from 240kg/ha to 40g/ha, and yields increased by 1t/ha.
Find out more about how Tim has eliminated fungicide use with his biological farming systems and the mix he uses in this Farmers Weekly article.
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