We are cultivating and drilling after some sugar beet lifted and grown by another. The operation wasn’t conducted under CTF conditions and its like going back in time for me and seeing the soil behave so differently. The weight of modern machinery driven with out care to the soil causes years of compaction and poor root development. The soil is lifeless and we have had to get the plough out to try to lift the soil as it’s so compacted.

In a couple of years time with extensive work we will transform this soil. The dry time seems to be a distant memory.