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Cutting edge research helps maximise grass efficiency

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Grassland & Muck 2014 Picture Tim Scrivener 07850 303986

Grassland & Muck 2017 has teamed up with Yara once again to help farmers maximise grass efficiencies with cutting edge research and technology.

The triennial event, organised by the Royal Agricultural Society for England (RASE), returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 24-25 May 2017. It promises a bumper display of machinery, live demonstrations and grass plots, along with timely advice and technical forums.

“With 60ha of working grass and machinery demonstrations, Grassland & Muck is the biggest and best grass, forage and muck event in the UK,” says David Gardner, chief executive at the Royal Agricultural Society

“It really is a vast site, with plenty of room to see machinery working: In 2014 we hosted more than £20 million of equipment and 76% of visitors planned to make a purchase as a result of their visit,” explains Mr Gardner.

This year promises to be just as fulfilling, with visitors able to get advice and see displays across the whole spectrum of grass management, from the latest varieties to relieving soil compaction, nutrient management, harvesting, ensiling, feeding and muck spreading.

In 2014, Grassland & Muck attracted more than 230 exhibitors and 13,500 visitors – 94% of whom rated the event as good or excellent. Yara is partnering the event for the fourth time, providing farmers with practical solutions to improve grass efficiencies.

Grass yields

Yara UK head of marketing and agronomy Mark Tucker said: “Farmers are well aware that forage is the cheapest form of feed, and are striving to boost grass yields and quality. What we need to do is pass on the latest research, technology and advice to help them to reach the next level.”

Such research has shown that soils and grass crops are commonly deficient in zinc, calcium and selenium, which can impact on plant and livestock health. Ultimately, this impacts on profits and income.