The deep rooting FIG is looking to test the impact of soil management on yield and rooting through the encouragement of deep burrowing earthworms. The farmers will test various combinations of deep/shallow cultivation and +/- manure in six tramline trials to encourage earthworms (especially deep burrowing species) and monitor impacts on earthworm numbers, deep rooting and yields.
The effects of these treatments will obviously not only be constrained to effects on earthworms, e.g. FYM will provide substantial extra nutrition over autumn & winter. However, the purpose of the FIG is to test ideas and practices not necessarily to be able to separate and understand all the effects from the outset. We aim to grow this FIG and seek continued support for continued monitoring and tests in future years.
Facilitator: Charlotte White