No-till Biome Experiment
Oxford University, Harper Adams University and Soulton cooperate in soil health experiment.
In the summer of 2016, we decided, with both of the above universities to establish an experiment to look at how conservation agriculture (the no-till farming recently adopted by Adam in BBC Radio 4's The Archers), when contrasted with traditional plough tillage, might drive changes in the microscopic life of the soil.
To look at this we will take DNA sequences of the soil biome and monitor other chemical and physical changes in the soil.
As far as we know this is the first time anywhere that this has been done.
October saw the setting of the replicated plots..
Followed by the sowing of the crop...
Samples have been taken of the soil..
And the differing development of the plants themselves has been striking...
Left side no-til right side cultivated. What a difference in colour and growth habit pic.twitter.com/3xbuTNIEeR— Paul Cawood (@audlemagronpaul) October 31, 2016
Literally live / living agroscience! Measuring soil biota in the notil/cultivated plots. pic.twitter.com/FwLxQnuFEU— Paul Cawood (@audlemagronpaul) May 23, 2017