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.

 

 

News

Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

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Farm Management Handbook 2018/2019

The 39th edition of the Farm Management Handbook is an essential tool for any progressive farm business, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information for farmers, rural professionals, students…

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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 Scotland

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Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for crops

Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for crops

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Technical note (TN668): Managing soil phosphorus

Technical note (TN668): Managing soil phosphorus

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