Eco-friendly farming practices

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Woodfield Farm at Birlingham near Pershore has adopted several eco-friendly practices:

1. Avoiding leakage of nitrates and phosphates into streams by planting a cover crop over Winter aiming for greater yield whilst gradually building organic matter (which holds water and captures nutrients) as well as helping with carbon sequestration.

2. Modern tractors have GPS with auto-steer to ensure close application when crop spraying as well as minimising waste eg. wind loss

3. Avoiding ploughing (which kills invertebrates and spoils the soil structure) by spraying with glyphosate and cultivating back in

4. Direct drilling using multiple discs and precise seed-dropping with arms that automatically cover over the holes with soil. Precision hoeing avoids plouging and reduces reliance on pesticides.

Jake Freestone at nearby Breedon Hill Farm has made several short videos explaining his eco-friendly methods:

Smart Farming with Jake Freestone Jake Freestone of Overbury Enterprises talks about using smart farming technology on the estate and what attendees at our Smart Farming seminar could expect to get out of the day.

No-Till and Glyphosate A look at our no-till farming system and its benefits to the wider environment after the very misleading decision not to re-register glyphosate by the EU Parliament in 2017.

Mustard & Buckwheat Cover Crop No Till In this footage filmed on a farm walk at a LEAF intercropping workshop on the 5th of October 2017, farmer Jake Freestone discusses the benefits of 5 years no till, including increased water drainage & worms, and reduced weeds such as blackgrass. He also covers how he manages pests and integrating volunteers into cover crops.

Oilseed Rape with Companion Cropping A look at the oilseed rape plants in August with vetch and buckwheat as a companion crop.