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    Planning ahead for sustainable plant health

    Strategic forward planning to minimise plant health risks on farm might be an impossible ask in the main field season and the fast paced harvest and drilling period we’ve just…

    Soil health – why and how?

    Interest in soil health is growing at all levels. It is a key area for policy with the UK government’s 25-year environment plan, launched earlier this year, indicating that future agricultural policy will focus on soil health and structure.

    New practical guides

    The Farm Advisory Service has launched a series of four practical guides. Two of the guides look water margins and biodiversity, one from an arable perspective, the other from livestock. …

    Topics: Biodiversity

    AECS – what’s new?

    It has recently been rumoured that the demand for the current Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme, AECS, is falling in some regions. This could be due to a number of factors…

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    Events

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    Varieties Disease & Pest Control in Combinable Crops an Integrated Crop Management (ICM) approach – West Lothian

    Pesticide products that growers previously relied upon are being withdrawn due to the cost of re-registration or wider environmental concerns. Integrated Crop Management (ICM) is about developing a more integrated…

    Derelict to Productive – ‘Beyond the first 5 years’

    This event is the third in a series of three on bringing your croft (or part of your croft) from under-productive, to productive. The three sessions broadly follow a ‘5…

    A handful of soil

    Stranraer Soil & Nutrient Network: 2nd Meeting

    With farm input costs escalating the focus is on maximising homegrown resources– including slurry and manure. This meeting will look at using soil samples to prepare a Nutrient Budget, taking…

    For Peat’s Sake! How restoring peatland can help your farm business – A Soil Association event

    Practical event looking at the benefits of peatland restoration for upland farms. Come and find out what funding is available and how restoring peatlands can reduce black loss, make the…

    For Peat’s Sake! How restoring peatland can help your farm business – A Soil Association event

    Practical event looking at the benefits of peatland restoration for upland farms. Come and find out what funding is available and how restoring peatlands can reduce black loss, make the…

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    Publications

    Options available for relieving compaction

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Biodiversity, Crop Health, Crops and Soils, Soils, Environment, Climate Change, and Water Management
    photo of a cover crop mix including red clover

    Cover crops – Information note

    Cover Crops – Information note

    Photo showing the Valuing Your Soils Booklet on a concrete floor

    Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

    Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

    Curlew standing amongst cotton plants

    Farming for waders – a farmer’s experience

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Biodiversity and Environment
    Agricultural ecologist Dr Lorna Cole standing in a field beside a strip of pollinator friendly plants to benefit an arable farm

    Helping pollinators on your farm

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Biodiversity, Crop Health, Crops and Soils, Environment, and Discussion Groups
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