Protecting and improving farm soils can make your business more profitable
Correct soil management and targeted nutrient use are essential to maximise agricultural efficiency and minimise losses to the environment. If mis-managed, both soils and organic and inorganic nutrients can lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and diffuse pollution risks affecting surrounding water quality.
- Soils are made up from the weathering of underlying rock or glacial/river deposits and take thousands of years to form.
- A teaspoon of healthy soil contains billions of bacteria, kilometres of fungi and thousands of microscopic animals.
- Growing cover crops can increase soil organic matter, protect from soil erosion, improve soil structure and potentially reduce fertiliser costs.
Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers
Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmersread more >
Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotland
Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotlandread more >
Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for crops
Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for cropsread more >
Uist Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting – event summarySeptember 20, 2018
Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting event summaryAugust 20, 2018
Grassland webinarsAugust 15, 2018
Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting event summaryAugust 8, 2018
Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network: 2nd meeting – StronsayStronsay Community Centre read more >
Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Lockerbie) – A Soil Association eventDryfesdale Country House Hotel read more >
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