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How To Spend Your Convergence Money?

31 March 2020
  1. Pay off any overdraft. At 5% interest each £10,000 paid off, will save £500 interest per year!
  2. Buy straw now ready for next winter. AHDB calculate there will be at least a 50% increase in fallow land this summer.  That is equivalent to 112,000 hectares less cereals and around 500,000 tonnes less straw.  When the much greater proportion of spring sown crops this year is included the total shortage of straw next autumn is likely to be around 1,000,000 tonnes below average!
  3. Invest in starting an annual routine of soil sampling for pH, N, P and K. For example target sampling a quarter of the farm each year on a 4 year cycle.
  4. Drainage, cleaning out ditches, draining wet parts of fields, etc.

Basil Lowman, basil.lowman@sac.co.uk

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