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Kintyre Soil and Nutrient Network: 1st Meeting – events summary

15 March 2017

Improving Farm Soils and Making Best Use of Nutrients

This was the first of three Soil & Nutrient Network meetings to be held over the next 18 months.  It was held at Rhoin Farm, Campbeltown.

The morning activity concentrated on soil type, compaction, drainage and equipment to use to alleviate compaction.

Seamus Donnelly had dug various plots around one field with three different soil types to highlight differences with soil and drainage.

During the afternoon session dealt with soil, slurry and FYM analyses, the index status of all the fields and cropping.  Also discussed was how vital the correct pH status is, and how P and K is needed.

A range of topics were debated and discussed throughout the day from drainage, soil nutrients, the use of sulphur selenium, to fertiliser timing and use of slurry.

Key take home messages

  • Keep it simpleDrainage expert Seamus Donnelly discussing soil structure
  • Take time to assess cropping, grazing and cutting fields
  • Get pH in order slowly
  • Analyse slurry
  • Relook at drainage systems, ditches and take care when putting in new drains

Information relating to this meeting is available to download below.  If you would like any further information on the Kintyre Soil & Nutrient Network, please contact

  Assessing soil texture  Group of farmers in a field nr Campbeltown

Related Downloads
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.
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Assessing Soil Texture
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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
Technical Note (TN656): Soil Information, Texture & Liming Recommendations
• Web based access to information on your soils on your farm is described. • Soil texture classes of mineral soils are described and identified by hand texturing. • Liming recommendations for different soils and managements are tabulated.
Topics: Soils
Technical Note (TN668): Managing Soil Phosphorus
Efficient soil P management is challenging due to the varying ability of soils to mediate and regulate plant available forms of P. Farmers and land managers in Scotland are now able to access farm level information about their soils making it possible to provide more accurate P management advice.
Topics: Crops and Soils

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