§ Mr. Bellingham
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research is taking place into the effects of straw incorporation into heavy clay soils.
§ Mr. Gummer
Expenditure by my Department on straw-related research is currently running at £706,000 per annum. Of this, £200,000 is concerned with the effect of straw incorporation into heavy clay soils and involves the following projects:
Amount of funding in 1989–90 Location and project £000 ADAS (Sproatley and Rochford) 50 Straw incorporation on heavy clay and stony soils ADAS (Boxworth EHF and Drayton EHF) Effects of straw disposal by soil cultivation methods AFRC (IER) Studies on cultivation mechanisms for cereals and other crops 150