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Technical note (TN720): Assessment for Land Drainage

Assessment for agricultural drainage requirement Soil is a complex balance of physical, chemical and biological processes which operate at an optimum when the soil is well structured and freely draining.…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Soil Structure Assessment

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

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How to Interpret Your Soil Analysis

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

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Soil Carbon Code Update

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

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A View From Argentina

In this podcast we hear from Argentinian farmer Allan Cameron. Allan talks to us about farming in Argentina including cropping and beef production. He covers...

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CropCast – Using Nitrogen Efficiently

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

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Arable

This time we are focussing on Arable Natural Capital with John and Louise Seed from Woodend Farming Partnership and Agricultural Consultant Mary-Jane Lawrie, to find...

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Rural Roundup – 16th November

In this fortnight’s edition we get the latest news from Tiffany MacTaggart, who is joined by Robert Ramsay and George Chalmers to discuss what’s happening...

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CropCast – Measuring a Healthy Soil

In this episode Tiffany Mactaggart is joined by David Ross, a senior Agricultural consultant from SAC consulting along with Audrey Litterick, director of Earthcare Technical,...

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Profiting From Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions – Hew Hunter, Broachrigg Farm

In case study 5 of our Profiting from Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions series we hear about Hew’s move to reduced tillage where he farms...

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Profiting From Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions – Introduction

During this series of six videos, filmed in Scotland, we look at reduced tillage and reducing farm emissions over six different farms throughout the Lothians...

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CropCast – Cover Crops & Green Manures

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

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Agribusiness News July 2022: Sector Focus – Soils

Soil Testing: Benefits and Limitations Without a doubt, soil testing has come to the forefront of UK agricultural policy over the past few years.  With...

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Soil Health – A Route Towards Net Zero for the Scottish Livestock Industry

Farm Stock (Scotland) Limited (FSS) was awarded a KTIF grant on 10/11/2021.  The grant covered a project entitled A Route Towards Net Zero for the...

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Phosphorus Management and the Relationship Between Differing Soils Capacity to Regulate P Availability for Plant Uptake in Scotland

A novel soil specific approach to P management has allowed better use of soil reserves to reduce P fertiliser by using differing soils capacity to...

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Evaluating Soil Quality and Testing for Soil Health Status

At grass roots level SAC consultants are noting a growing interest in soil health from farmers and increasing numbers of questions about what SRUC can...

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Tackling Soil Compaction to Reduce Fertiliser Costs

Dairy farmers across Scotland often rely on fertiliser to ensure that they grow enough grass to meet the needs of their livestock. However, fertiliser prices...

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Technical Note (TN753): Management of inputs of heavy metals to agricultural soils and crops

Heavy metals in soils may derive from several sources: Geological parent material Industrial processes – emissions to the atmosphere followed by deposition to soils –...

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Webinar Recording: Making Soil Cultivations Work For You – Thainstone Soil & Nutrient Network

    This webinar is the finale to the series of nutrient network meetings that have been held at Kirkton farm, courtesy of the Campbell...

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Understanding Nutrient Interactions with Mark Tripney

    Mark Tripney, ISoils Ltd, returned as a guest speaker at the second meeting of the Inverness Soil & Nutrient Network. The topic for...

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Technical note (TN728): Planning Agricultural Field Drainage

Download TN728 – Planning Agricultural Field Drainage Planning agricultural field drainage requires a detailed investigation to obtain the best results. Depending on the site, there...

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Soils and tillage podcast: an interview with soil cultivation consultant, Philip Wright

‘The Principles of Soil & Metal Interactions’ was the theme for a soil & tillage event on the Mertoun Estate, near St Boswells.  After the...

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Step-by-Step Guide to Soil Structure Assessment

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

Read more >

How to Interpret Your Soil Analysis

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

Read more >

Soil Carbon Code Update

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Crops & Soils Bulletin. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox monthly....

Read more >

A View From Argentina

In this podcast we hear from Argentinian farmer Allan Cameron. Allan talks to us about farming in Argentina including cropping and beef production. He covers...

Read more >

CropCast – Using Nitrogen Efficiently

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

Read more >

Arable

This time we are focussing on Arable Natural Capital with John and Louise Seed from Woodend Farming Partnership and Agricultural Consultant Mary-Jane Lawrie, to find...

Read more >

Rural Roundup – 16th November

In this fortnight’s edition we get the latest news from Tiffany MacTaggart, who is joined by Robert Ramsay and George Chalmers to discuss what’s happening...

Read more >

CropCast – Measuring a Healthy Soil

In this episode Tiffany Mactaggart is joined by David Ross, a senior Agricultural consultant from SAC consulting along with Audrey Litterick, director of Earthcare Technical,...

Read more >

Profiting From Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions – Hew Hunter, Broachrigg Farm

In case study 5 of our Profiting from Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions series we hear about Hew’s move to reduced tillage where he farms...

Read more >

Profiting From Reducing Tillage and Lowering Emissions – Introduction

During this series of six videos, filmed in Scotland, we look at reduced tillage and reducing farm emissions over six different farms throughout the Lothians...

Read more >

CropCast – Cover Crops & Green Manures

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

Read more >

Agribusiness News July 2022: Sector Focus – Soils

Soil Testing: Benefits and Limitations Without a doubt, soil testing has come to the forefront of UK agricultural policy over the past few years.  With...

Read more >

Soil Health – A Route Towards Net Zero for the Scottish Livestock Industry

Farm Stock (Scotland) Limited (FSS) was awarded a KTIF grant on 10/11/2021.  The grant covered a project entitled A Route Towards Net Zero for the...

Read more >

Phosphorus Management and the Relationship Between Differing Soils Capacity to Regulate P Availability for Plant Uptake in Scotland

A novel soil specific approach to P management has allowed better use of soil reserves to reduce P fertiliser by using differing soils capacity to...

Read more >

Evaluating Soil Quality and Testing for Soil Health Status

At grass roots level SAC consultants are noting a growing interest in soil health from farmers and increasing numbers of questions about what SRUC can...

Read more >

Tackling Soil Compaction to Reduce Fertiliser Costs

Dairy farmers across Scotland often rely on fertiliser to ensure that they grow enough grass to meet the needs of their livestock. However, fertiliser prices...

Read more >

Technical Note (TN753): Management of inputs of heavy metals to agricultural soils and crops

Heavy metals in soils may derive from several sources: Geological parent material Industrial processes – emissions to the atmosphere followed by deposition to soils –...

Read more >

Webinar Recording: Making Soil Cultivations Work For You – Thainstone Soil & Nutrient Network

    This webinar is the finale to the series of nutrient network meetings that have been held at Kirkton farm, courtesy of the Campbell...

Read more >

Understanding Nutrient Interactions with Mark Tripney

    Mark Tripney, ISoils Ltd, returned as a guest speaker at the second meeting of the Inverness Soil & Nutrient Network. The topic for...

Read more >

Technical note (TN728): Planning Agricultural Field Drainage

Download TN728 – Planning Agricultural Field Drainage Planning agricultural field drainage requires a detailed investigation to obtain the best results. Depending on the site, there...

Read more >

Soils and tillage podcast: an interview with soil cultivation consultant, Philip Wright

‘The Principles of Soil & Metal Interactions’ was the theme for a soil & tillage event on the Mertoun Estate, near St Boswells.  After the...

Read more >

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