In February 2018, ADAS, AHDB and Defra launched the Grass and herbal leys farm network. The network is a partnership between farmers, researchers and industry and provides a platform to investigate the long term impacts of leys in rotations, such as
- Quantifying changes in soil organic matter and soil health from introducing temporary grass/herbal leys across a range of soil types and rainfall areas.
- Quantifying subsequent changes to soil organic matter and soil health following destruction of the temporary grass/herbal leys and return to arable production.
- Investigating the effectiveness of grass/herbal leys in controlling blackgrass in ‘problem’ fields.
The network is free to join and is open to any interested individuals or organisations. If you would like to join the network please click here to register your details and complete a short questionnaire on your use of/interest in grass/herbal leys. Results from survey responses to July 2018 are available here. A second meeting of the network will be held on 27 February 2020 in Retford.
Presentation slides from the network launch meeting in April 2018 are available here.