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Kintyre Soil and Nutrient Network: Second Meeting – Event Summary

20 September 2017

Soil Nutrients – The Building Blocks of Productivity

Despite the weather there was a great turnout for this event and Agricultural Consultant David Ross delivered a thorough and detailed approach to show why it is so iChart showing the availability of different soil nutrients at varying pHmportant to get the basics correct.   A second round of soil sampling highlighted what the various crops had taken from the soil in P & K, especially the field of oats.  Leaching, with the inclement summer also had a bearing.  David reiterated how important it is to check soils and the need for using a spade!

pH and getting indices correct between 5.8 and 6.2. 

P&K are the key nutrients which, when corrected in conjunction with pH, maximise the utilisation of inorganic fertilisers.  Sulphur was discussed, and the experiment currently being conducted by David highlighted the benefits to yield from inputted sulphur.

What next for Rhoin Farm?

Moving forwards at Rhoin, the findings discussed at this event will be addressed, especially focussing on the the nutrient values of FYM and slurry.

You can download a copy of PLANET software – a free programme to help you manage your fields and nutrient budget.


Rhoin 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.

The event summary from the first meeting of the Rhoin Farm group is available to read here.  You can read more about some of the other current and historic host farms on the FarFarming & Water Scotland Logoming & Water Scotland webpage.

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