Devon Zone Tillage Group

This group consists of farmers in Devon growing vegetables for Riverford’s box scheme. Some farms are solely producing vegetables, whilst others have a more mixed regime with livestock (cattle also graze the Riverford land). The group is interested in how they can use reduced tillage by tilling only in thin strips to improve their soils and therefore the quality of their produce, and what cost benefits may look like. The group also want to investigate whether reduced tilling can improve soil quality enough for conventional farmers on very degraded soils to be able to convert to organic.

Group Topic

Improving our soils

Soils are degrading and affecting the long-term ability for farmers to keep up food production. Reducing compaction and erosion and increasing soil organic matter are the key focus areas of this topic.

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