David Purdy

David Purdy


David worked for John Deere for nearly 30 years in many roles and is currently a Territory Manager for East Anglia. He has developed real passion for agronomy and particular soils and their biology, and as a result of this is BASIS trained and currently studying part time for a PhD in the area of the plant-soil biology interface. David has focused on training and development of farm staff in machinery management, soil health and in particular their interface.

Much of his personal time involves developing conservation agriculture in developing countries; he regularly travels to Africa to train and develop rural communities in these sustainable farming methods. David is regularly seen digging holes, walking fields, setting machines up and involved in all things farming, he also endures the banter of colleagues and the wider farming community for his passion for the John Deere 750a drill!

Soil Compaction Trial Results and Analysis

Pasture Field

David Purdy presents the findings from the Michelin-Groundswell Compaction Trial, looking at the impact of compaction, tyres, axle weights and pressures etc. with a reference to soil health. The machinery/soil interface is critically important and if managed poorly can have huge and long-term damaging effects on our soils and plant health. Developing the organic content […]