The benefits for farmers of growing trees within crops are not widely known, according to Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-TechE, ahead of an Agri-TechE online event “Seeing the Wood for the Trees”.
“Forestry and farming to date has been a binary choice but it doesn’t need to be – combining the two can bring new incomes and benefits to the soil,” says Jim O’Neill, of the Forestry Commission. “This isn’t the traditional way of farming, but it is becoming necessary to start thinking outside the box.”
Stephen Briggs gives the lowdown on the UK’s largest agroforestry operation in Cambridgeshire, where he grows cereals and fruits, side by side in strips, across 52 hectares of rich fenland soil. He will be talking about his experiences at an Agri-TechE event.
We hope harvest is going well for those of you out in the field, and that everyone is staying well. This month we’ve been thinking about the role of hybrids and twins in agriculture in our blog – and we’re having a quieter August while we plan 2021’s activities, so “see” you in September.