Moray Soil & Nutrient Network Farm – 1st meeting


This is the first of three Morayshire events demonstrating the value of our soils and how to make the best use of nutrients.

We will be meeting at ‘Balnellan’, near Aberlour with the kind permission of host farmer James Milne. We will introduce yFarmers assessing soil structureou to our new host farm, focusing on soil with the help of practical demonstrations.

We will have a look at soil structure and texture and you are invited to bring along a sample of your own soils to assess texture.  We will also discuss value of soil testing and how correct interpretation of the results can help you with management decisions to improve your farm’s productivity and profitability.

Soils & drainage expert Gavin Elrick, SAC Consulting, will be our guest speaker and will lead the group on discussions around compaction – the problems seen with compacted soils; the causes of compaction and how to treat & minimise further risks.  We will have some machinery commonly used to alleviate compaction on display and will discuss the pros and cons of each & when their use may be of benefit.

For more information about this meeting or Moray Soil & Nutrient Network Programme please call our FAS Advice line (0300 323 0161) and ask to speak to Aileen Buchanan.

Please use the booking form below to secure you place and to help us arrange catering.  As this event will be held on our host farm and outdoors, clean footwear and suitable clothing is requested.

Balnellan farm is one of 12 Soil & Nutrient Network host farms set up across Scotland.  These network groups are taking a ‘before and after’ look at how to protect and improve farm soils and make best use of both organic and inorganic fertilisers, saving money, benefiting yields and improving farm efficiency and resilience.  Find out more about the Soil & Nutrient Network and read how meeting notes from last year’s network groups on our webpage.


Bookings are no longer available for this event.