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Crops and Soils

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    Natural enemies, their lifestyles & how to promote them

    A diversity of invertebrate species inhabit farmland. Some are pests, but many are beneficial providing ecosystem services that support agricultural production. Earthworms, springtails and millipedes break down organic matter,
    ensuring nutrients are recycled back to the soil. Bumblebees, hoverflies and solitary bees are key visitors to crop flowers increasing yields in insect pollinated crops such as oilseed rape, raspberries and field beans. Then there are the wide variety of predatory and parasitic invertebrates that provide a crucial first line of defence against pests such as slugs, aphids and pollen beetles. With the range of pesticides available to farmers becoming increasingly limited, it has never been more important to promote these crucial natural enemies.

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    Woodland Creation & Carbon Sales (Webinar)

    The idea of selling the carbon that will be captured in your new woodland is gaining traction.

    With carbon funding providing finance which can allow a project to go ahead, it’s good for you, good for the carbon buyer and good for the climate. But as with any funding opportunity, there are rules and regulations.

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    Slurry Application & Management – Making A Splash

    Scotland produces over 6.3 million tonnes of slurry annually. It is crucial that we fully understand the benefits of the various forms of slurry storage already in place on farms. The Scottish Government has opened the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant (SACG) scheme. This is the perfect opportunity for you to hear the specifics on the use of dribble bars, trailing shoes and slurry injectors. Slurry store covers are also an eligible item on the list under the SACG scheme and we will discuss the benefits to be made from fitting one.

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