Andrew & Dvaid Dutton Ltd believe that getting the basics right is the key to the sucess of any farming enterprise and long term leys or permanent pature should be no exception.
Good soil structure is vital to the production of healthy profitable grassland.
Subsoiling offers many benefits including better root development, improved drainage and increased aeration, these all inturn help maintain vigour during dry periods, prevent water logging during wet periods and lead to extended grazing and forage producing seasons.
Subsoiling incorporates oxygen into the soil both at surface level and deep within the rooting zone, this allows better utilization of nutrients within the soil and leads to a much healthier crop.
Below is a table showing the cost of nutrients applied for grass production for a two cut grass silage and grazing system.
|Phosphate P2O5||71kg/Ha @£400/t||£28|
|Potash K2O||£252kg @£330/t||
|Nitrogen 34% N||625kg/Ha @270/t||
|Lime||2500kg/Ha (once every 5 yrs)||
|Application of product||Own machine £6.40/Ha x 5||
|Total Annual cost of Inputs/Ha||
Subsoiling should last 3-4 years allowing improved availabilty of all these costly but necesarry inputs but at a very low average annual cost/Ha of only £16
Grassland subsoiling gallery
Subsoiling Miscanthus Grass