Digging for milk

In my quest to produce more milk form grass I am going to really try and understand more about the grass we grow and the soils that feed it. So, today, I ventured out with my spade for a bit of an exploratory dig. Now, I’m no soil scientist, but I do know that looking below the surface of our fields is a valuable exercise.

I tried to film a bit of what I found today and (bear in mind I know even less about film making than I do about soil science) I have posted the results on You Tube. I am not try to teach anyone about soils but, if you have three minutes to spare, please take a look at the video and let me know what you think about our soils.

You can find a link to the video via the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nktV81REjmY

There does seem to be some compaction at around three inches below the surface. I didn’t find a huge number of earthworms present. So, am I right? Would the field benefit from a pass with an aerator to allow air into the top three inches?

I plan to do some more digging but I would really welcome suggestions on what I might do to improve the structure of our soils. I also want to start looking in more detail at the grass varieties present in our swards and establish their productive potential. It could be time consuming but I think it’s a really worthwhile exercise and there are worse ways to spend half an hour when the sun is shining. Have a go yourself and let me know what you find.

 

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