The soils at Pitgaveny range right through from fine sand to heavy clay, often within the same field. The sandy soils can dry out and nutrients can be washed out quite quickly. The clay soils can be hard to drain and are slow to warm up in the spring time. Nowadays the soil types and the nutrient content within the fields are mapped using GPS technology so that we can put the correct amount of nutrient on to different parts of a field.
Sometimes we don’t plough the ground between harvesting one crop and sowing the next, to reduce the risk of soil erosion caused by wind, as well as to keep moisture in the ground to help the new crop to germinate.