This week has seen our teams getting their teeth into a major ditch restoration project. The works involve restoring many miles of ditches around farmland which is currently suffering with very poor drainage credentials, and therefore, is having a negative effect on crop yields. Undertaking ditch restoration works is something we love getting involved in.
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We are often asked by growers and landowners about what the likely results of undertaking land drainage work are going to be. Whilst clearly the intention of any land drainage work is to improve soil conditions within a field, the way in which the success of the work is measured can be trickier to detail.
This month has seen us kick off a major Land Drainage project bringing poor performing farmland back into production. The land has exhibited consistently below average yields over many years, which has caused multiple issues for the farm management team in terms of timing problems and added costs. The area involved covers over 250 hectares
This spring has seen us doing more in crop work than ever, with many landowners looking to tackle wet fields through the growing crops. This means that any drainage issues are resolved ahead of the start of the cultivations window in the autumn. On fields where there are substantial drainage issues, the amount of crop
We have just completed a successful project for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, which has added 100 acres of wetland, including 50 acres of reedbed, between the River Thurne and Candle Dyke near Potter Heigham. The wetland was created to optimise the habitat for the rare breeding bird species, the bittern and marsh harrier that require
The winter months provide an excellent platform for growers to really take stock of the land and understand how individual fields are performing across farms. The colder wetter ground conditions mean that generally speaking, there is less arable activity at this time of year and it provides the perfect chance to have a look at
Field drainage is an operation which is undertaken all year round by our dedicated and skilled team at William Morfoot Ltd. Although a large proportion of the land drainage work is completed in the post-harvest window, in the autumn, there is always a considerable amount of work that is done each year through the growing
This winter, we’ve been back to visit our wetland site at Quarles Marsh at Holkham in North Norfolk, to make further enhancements to the project which we were involved in for much of 2014. The project that previously saw us turning more than 200 acres of arable land into a wetland site for breeding wader
William Morfoot Ltd has recently been at LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show. The 2 day show is held at the East of England showground in Peterborough and features exhibitors from all over the country who specialise in the supply of services and equipment to the agricultural sector. We were
Stand 754, Hall 7. East of England Showground, Peterborough Winter time always provides an ideal opportunity to carefully take stock of the condition of arable land with more time available to landowners and farmers to assess plans for the forthcoming year. Critically, the wetter ground conditions over the winter time also identify problematic land areas