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Sustainable regenerative approach is reducing overheads as costs rise

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Farmer Edward Gent writes this week's Word on the Ground column...

Harvest is approaching fast and after recent rains the crops are looking very promising.

We are getting things ready for the busy harvest period.

Edward Gent
Edward Gent

Machinery needs checking over and buildings need cleaning and clearing out.

We are also planning for the next cropping year. This is particularly difficult this year with such a fast changing economic situation.

It is not easy to balance the pros and cons of different cropping options.

Input costs have increased significantly; making it important that we update budgets in order to make a firm base on which to make our planning decisions.

We crop our land using a sustainable regenerative approach, moving as little soil as possible, keeping a cover over the soil as much as possible and applying organic manures.

This allows the soil to perform in a much more natural way, resulting in more biological life in the soil, which cycles nutrients better thus creating better drainage and healthier crops with less artificial inputs.

With costs increasing so significantly this approach is reducing our overheads and by increasing our soil organic matter and storing carbon in the soil profile we are reducing our impact on the environment.

These are all bringing significant benefits our business and to the environment as a whole.

We are still learning which approaches work best in our fields and are open-minded and enthusiastic for more changes in the coming years.

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