Careful planning of rotations is key to the success of a sustainable farming business. First, consider the capability of the soil and any inherent weed problems, as well as any other pests or pathogens that may be present. It is also important to establish suitability for spring drilling. Then we can develop a long term approach to the rotation, identifying specific varieties that can help meet the challenges faced, leading to a rotation that is agronomically, environmentally and economically sound.
Soil structure and fertility will be improved by including pulses or oilseed rape in the rotation, although we would not advise growing oilseed rape more than one year in four. Break crops can help manage weed populations as part of an integrated approach to resistance management.