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Management practices to increase deep burrowing earthworm numbers, crop rooting depth and yields

This field lab will study how crop yield, root depths and earthworm numbers are impacted by additions of organic matter in no-till, strip-till and conventional cultivation.

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Field Lab Timeline

    11/19/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Member gathering at YEN Awards

    Member gathering at YEN Awards
  • 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Final meeting from previous project

    Final meeting from previous project
  • 3/30/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • On-farm assessments

    On-farm assessments
  • 6/14/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • On-farm assessments

    On-farm assessments
  • 6/14/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Group meeting & results discussion from spring assessments

    Group meeting & results discussion from spring assessments
  • 8/29/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Harvest assessments

    Harvest assessments
  • 9/9/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Data analysis

    Data analysis
  • 11/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Results meeting

    Results meeting
  • 12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Final report published

    Final report published
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  • Achievements

    February 2020

    Group meeting

    The final meeting from the EIP-Agri funded Yen Yield Testing project took place in Kettering. Results from the 2019 trials run by Deeper Rooting Field Lab members were presented to farmers.

    In the previous trial, the group found that worm counts thrived with farmyard manure applications and shallow or no cultivations. However, increased yields when using manures may be a result of the extra nutrition from the manure rather than from the worms and fewer cultivations.

    Milestone: Final meeting from previous project

    November 2019

    Post-meeting gathering

    The group for this field lab formed out of an earlier project that was co-founded with ADAS researchers. They ran trials in 2019 and met in November to discuss their experiences of the trial and the results.

    The group currently consists of four farmers, of which three are keen on continuing into a second year of testing and have established the treatment comparisons for this coming season. They maintain an active WhatsApp group for communication.

    Milestone: Member gathering at YEN Awards

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