It all depends on the soil . . .

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GROWING without tilling can work but results are very variable, depending largely on soil type, says the Home Grown Cereals Authority.

It has published a leaflet summing up findings from across Europe with relevance to cereals and oilseed rape.

The information sheet is available to download from and will be mailed out by post to levy payers.

It says: “No-till can give annual yields of combinable crops within five per cent, above and below, of those after ploughing, but there is greater seasonal variability.”