Synopsis:Intensive farming and how soil and water management mitigates the damage and how the soil type determines the most appropriate soil treatment.
Shotlist:GVs of combine harvesting; BP giving a demonstration of soil and water management (BP Landwork 74); intvw. Nigel Strutt ( Chairman Agricultural Advisory Council) summarising report’s conclusion that there is a lack of knowledge of the changes that happen under the soil with intensive farming; men analysing soil; graphics of soil structure; farmer in Nottinghamshire ploughing field; drill bit digging up soil; intvw. Dick Wilkinson (Regional soil scientist, ADAS) about soil survey; GVs Jim Cooper on his farm in Scotland and travelling to BP demonstration to learn how to use his land to its full potential; GVs land clearing demonstration; intvw. John Alcock (specialist in land clearance); Richard Dottridge giving advice to Cooper on drainage; harvesting on Jim Cooper’s farm; creating drainage system on Cooper’s farm to increase yield; BP drainage demonstration; demonstration of waterway maintenance; 10:10:44 intvw. farmer Steven Birt (sp?); Birt on his farm; irrigation demonstration; tractor power utilisation demonstration; intvw. farmer John Malcolm talking about direct drilling and GVs on his arable and livestock farm; intvw. Dr Harry Alan (organiser of direct drill demo); burning fields; demonstration showing alternatives to burning; 10:22:53 END