Did you know that one hectare of soil can contain 3.5 tonnes of fungi, 1.5 tonnes of bacteria and between 1-5 tonnes of invertebrates?
The importance of soil biological activity was highlighted by Professor Bryan Griffiths at the final meeting of the Aberdeenshire Soil and Nutrient Network. Farmers are used to testing their soil chemistry and many are becoming more familiar with assessing soil physical structure. Now, attention is increasingly focused on soil biology as methods of measuring all aspects of soil health are being developed. Read Bryan’s presentation slides by using this link
Catchment co-ordinator Pete Wright spoke about the work SEPA is doing to engage with farmers in the River Don catchment to encourage measures to reduce diffuse pollution from soil and river bank erosion. You can read more about reducing diffuse pollution and keeping on the right side of the rules, as well as finding out more about Scotland’s Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchments at www.FarmingAndWaterScotland.org
East Balhagalrdy Farm is one of 12 host farms across Scotland as part of the Soil & Nutrient Network. These farms 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, benefitting yields and improving farm efficiency and resilience.
You can read more about some of the other and historic host farms on the Farming & Water Scotland webpage.
- Soil Health Presentation, Bryan Griffiths
- Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers
- This brochure includes useful information about Scotland's agricultural soils and practical advice outlining the upfront financial savings and business benefits of better soil management and the efficient use of resources. Action and problem-specific 'field-sheets' are designed for busy farmers with limited time for reading.
- Topics: Climate Change, Soils, Water Management and Crops and Soils
- Soil & Nutrient Network – Case Study: East Balhalgardy, Aberdeenshire
- Soil & Nutrient Network - helping farmers improve soils structure and nutrient management. This case study provides details of the Angus Soil & Nutrient Network Farm - East Balhalgardy.
- Topics: Soils
- Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS) Score Chart
- This is a downloadable copy of the Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS) score chart for use in-field.
- Topics: Soils
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