Host Clive Reed (right), operates one of the three farms taking part in the soil improvement programme. He is pictured with Alan Hurst from Lakeland Dairies, and Gill Gallagher and Vanessa Woods from Devenish Nutrition.
Digging a test hole is the best way to identify if there is a soil compaction issue. A non-compacted soil should have vertical cracks, good earthworm activity and should crumble easily.
Clive Reed uses a soil aerator to minimise the negative impact of compaction on his soils.