Growing systems on show

Part article taken from the Scottish Farmer

Demonstrations will include a presentation on companion planting by Chris Martin of Agrovista.

This technique, developed in France to meet environmental restrictions, double plants a crop in the autumn with frost intolerant plants mixed in with a commercial one such as oilseed rape.  The companion plant 'mops up' nitrogen that might be lost to leaching or de-nitrification.

Then, it dies over the winter, releasing nitrogen in the spring for the growing crop.  As well as nutrient benefits, Agrovista found in oilseed rape trials that rooting was improved and pests were reduced boosting yields.

The company is now looking at the technique in cereals and forage maize.

 

26 October 2013

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