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Peebles Nutrient Network Farm Second Meeting – event summary

28 February 2017

Wormiston Farm – Peeblesshire’s Soil & Nutrient Network Farm

The second of three meetings of the Peeblesshire Soil & Nutrient Network was held at Wormiston Farm, Eddleston on 28th

FebrDiscussing soils structure with soil samplesuary 2017.  The main focus points for the meeting were:

  • An update on the nutrient budget & associated financial savings
  • Soil texture & structure demonstrations
  • Application of organic manures
  • An introduction to soil biodiversity

Those who attended were shown how fertiliser savings can be made by analysing soil and tailoring fertiliser applications for individual crop offtakes. SRUC Technical notes are available to download from the bottom of this page to help with that process.  Presentation slides from this part of the event are available here.

A key message was to ensure that soil pH is correct in the first instance, and then start to look at methods to correct phosphate and potash levels.  This could be achieved through the use on organic manures available on farm, or through compound or straight bagged fertilisers.  The new phosphate sorption capacity Technical Note (TN668) currently accounts for soil type & capacity to regulate phosphate availability for plant uptake.

There is a need to identify soil type when budgeting for phosphate applications.

Later in the day, there was an demonstration to identify compaction using the VESS (Visual Examination of Soil Structure) guide and further information can be found in the Valuing Your Soils booklet.

Finally, the benefits of using available Technical Notes (see downloads below) to help calculate farm nutrient budgets was discussed.

Please contact if you would like any further information about the Peeblesshire Soil & Nutrient Network.

Visual representation of FYM application at 40t/ha (16 ton/acre)

Visual representation of FYM application at 40t/ha (16 ton/acre)

Visual representation of FYM application at 20t/ha

Visual representation of FYM application at 20t/ha (10 ton/acre)

Visual representation of FYM appliation at 10t/ha

Visual representation of FYM appliation at 10t/ha (4 ton/acre)



Related Downloads
Soil & Nutrient Network – Case Study: Wormiston Farm, Peebles-shire
Soil & Nutrient Network - helping farmers improve soils structure and nutrient management. This case study provides details of the Peeblesshire Soil & Nutrient Network Farm - Wormiston Farm.
Topics: Soils
Assess your 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
Discussing soils structure with soil samples

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