Having used Robert Plumb’s (Independent Soil Services) for 25 years, he has developed and promoted biological farming practices in the UK, our soil has improved dramatically.
Trace elements such as Potassium are present in our clay soil but are locked up, not in a soluble form which plants can use. This is why we shall be applying Bio-K, which is 100% Biological and contains a range of specialist natural Potassium-fixing micro-organisms. These work with the rhizosphere creating weak acids that break down the clay bonds and allow the plant roots to access the K from the soil.
This product can be applied during mid-growth when it will be translocated from the plant leaf to the root system where the plant is already absorbing natural minerals. The plant is then providing a food source for these beneficial micro-organisms at the time the crop needs more Potassium than it does Nitrogen.
Farmers are increasingly using natural biology when growing crops, it makes sense to work with the soil’s natural resources. When Nitrogen prices rocketed from £265 per ton to nearly £1,000 following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, folia feeds and biotechnology helped to keep our costs down considerably.
Bio-N contains billions of natural ‘N-fixers’. Applied as a spray to leaf and soil, it comprises a very specific microbial food, meaning the bacteria already have access to the necessary resources.
I hope everyone who enjoys walking in the countryside with dogs, remember to keep them under control and on leads. Shepherds have nurtured their sheep over a difficult winter but now new born lambs, and ewes are subject to regular dog attacks and rampant foxes. At Ote Hall three lambs were snatched by a dog fox as they were born, one whilst Olivia was in the field tending another ewe which was lambing. Nature is cruel, foxes in particular, we are overpopulated as the local hunt can no longer able to reduce numbers.
Some dog owners clearly have little respect for the ways of the countryside and seem to consider farmers and their livestock an unacceptable inconvenience as they leave dead and maimed livestock in their wake.
Aggressive dogs and irresponsible owners walking on our footpaths are a problem. One such allowed her vicious dog, although on a lead to savage our young greyhound when she approached, leaving her with a gaping wound and howling in pain. Ten days later I am £1,600 the poorer, and Daisy is still suffering the consequences. The dog should be muzzled, it could have been a young child.