Inverness Soil & Nutrient Network: The Truth About Trace Elements

You are invited to join us for the first meeting of the new Inverness Soil & Nutrient Network when the focus will be on the importance of trace elements.

As yields increase with new varieties especially spring barley it is becoming extremely important we ensure the crop is fed well and doesn’t suffer any deficiencies during the growing season that might limit yield.  Nutrient balance is crucial for the economics of crop production but also ensuring the soil is not being depleted.

The morning session will be held indoors with presentations from our guest speakers.

Guest Speakers

  • Gavin Elrick, SAC Consulting, will lead a session on nutrient management
  • Mark Tripney, ISoils, will discuss the importance of trace elements and lime
  • Gillian McKnight, SAC Consulting, will explain how the open landscape is important for skylark and wintering wading birds, whilst explaining the benefits of field edges, ditches and soils for overall biodiversity in the area.

Gavin and Mark will clear the often muddy waters when it comes to liming and the supply of major nutrients and trace elements.

Later in the day, there will be a farm visit to our host farm, Meddat Farm, Kildary with the kind permission of the Cox family, and where Gillian will give practical advice on how to assess biodiversity assets on your farm.

As lunch is provided as part of this event you are asked to secure your place by using the booking form below.  Since part of the event will be an outdoors farm visit, please wear warm, waterproof clothing and footwear suitable for disinfection.

The Inverness Soil & Nutrient Network is part of a project with 12 other host farms.  Find more information about current and previous Soil & Nutrient host farms here.


Bookings are no longer available for this event.