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Before the plug can be planted the field needs to be prepared.

A base fertiliser is added and the soil is ploughed to form 2m wide flat beds, then a specialist planting machine plants the plugs into the soil.

The machine can plant up to 22 thousand plugs an hour, which is the equivalent to covering a football pitch. If the crop is planted at the beginning of the season when it's cold then it is covered with a white fleece blanket to keep it warm.