Farmer sees £100/ha savings with biological system

Posted 4th December 2018

One farmer has cut his crop establishment costs by more than £100/ha, without compromising yield, by switching to a conservation agriculture crop establishment system which incorporates biological farming. Speaking at the recent QLF Agronomy Soil Event, Jake Freestone, farm manager at Overbury Enterprises, told delegates that the estate has benefited from increased soil health and […]

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Go back to basics to improve fertiliser efficiency

Posted 5th October 2018

With 40% of fertiliser lost to leaching and volatilisation, growers are being urged to improve soil health to increase nutrient use efficiency (NUE), protect the environment and maximise profit margins. George Hepburn, biological soils expert at QLF Agronomy, explains that fertiliser is one of the biggest input costs on many farms, and as prices have […]

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Seven steps to soil health

Posted 2nd August 2018

Soil health is one of the government’s main concerns relating to the future of farming, so having the right advice on how to make improvements will be essential to ensure soils are protected for further farming generations. George Hepburn, biological soils expert at QLF Agronomy, gives his seven practical steps for making a difference to […]

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Improvements in soil health can reduce inputs

Posted 23rd May 2018

We investigate how a focus on soil health has helped one farmer to reduce key inputs such as fertiliser, seed dressings and fungicides while maintaining yields. Simon Cowell farms 400 acres on the coast of Essex and has been implementing a biological farming system for a number of years, to encourage soil biology and build […]

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Make the most of FYM in maize crops this spring

Posted 23rd April 2018

Maize growers are being urged to make the most of high organic matter inputs to help bring down overhead costs while improving soil structure, plant health and maximising yields. George Hepburn, biological soils expert at QLF Agronomy, explains why growers should not overlook naturally derived fertilisers such as farmyard manure (FYM). “Many growers under-value FYM […]

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Invest in soils for productive crops

Posted 13th December 2017

Soil health is increasingly in the spotlight and the launch of Sustainable Soils Alliance has prompted many farmers to consider the management of this vital resource. Biological farming is seen by many as a sustainable way to manage soils for productivity and profitability. This month Midland Farmer reports on an event which saw the concept [...]

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With fertiliser demand increasing is it time to look at alternatives?

Posted 12th December 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s annual fertiliser report, forecasts that world demand for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium will grow on average by 1.5, 2.2, and 2.4 percent respectively from 2015 to 2020 . With demand rising so rapidly, producers are being encouraged to use fertilisers efficiently, and to work with their available natural resources, particular […]

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The complete soil-health picture

Posted 30th November 2017

As dairy farmers spend their winter being encouraged to analyse their conserved forage stocks, Gary Zimmer, founder of Midwestern BioAg and champion of ‘biological farming’, advises producers to also turn their attention to the soils in which these crops grow.  “Everything starts in the soil and ultimately returns to the soil,” says Gary. “They’re a [...]

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New national sales manager for QLF Agronomy


QLF Agronomy is pleased to announce the appointment of George Hepburn, a biological soils expert, who will be a nationwide sales manager specialising in QLF’s liquid carbon-based fertiliser range. George brings vast biological-farming experience to QLF, following 13-years specialising in soil fertility and crop nutrition advice. His role will see him working closely with farmers [...]

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Healthy cows start with healthy soils

Posted 28th November 2017

Ensuring the right amount of nutrients are supplied, in the right quantities, to the dairy cow is a key day-to-day consideration for most dairy farmers. However, this month, British Dairying, explores the view of a group of farmers who are encouraging producers to feed soils with equal, or even greater, importance than the cow. “When […]

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