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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.

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    Are you making the most of Integrated Pest Management?

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is not a new idea in farming and many producers will be familiar with the concept through measures such as the pesticide industry’s Voluntary Initiative and…

    Water – Waste not, want not!

    Even before we entered the driest six month period since 1984 this summer, water use on farms was starting to be mentioned as one of the assessment criteria to be…

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    Integrated Pest Management on Arable Farms, Angus – Event Summary

    Integrated pest management Pest and disease control strategies for spring barley and winter wheat formed the focus of this meeting at Scotston of Kirkside.  There was an emphasis on the…

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    NVZ and Nutrient Budget Workshop – Laurencekirk

    Do you farm within the Stonehaven & Forfar areas of the Strathmore, Fife and Angus NVZ? NVZ rules have been in place within the Stonehaven and Forfar area for many years…

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    Digestate: The facts – Moray

    There is a new plant producing digestate at Port Gordon. It is producing a PAS110 product and they are actively offering it to farmers in the area. It is a…

    Road end at Newmills of Boyne our Soil & Nutrient Network Farm near Turriff

    Banffshire Soil & Nutrient Network: Save money with effective nutrient budgeting

    Save money with effective nutrient budgeting Can you make better use of organic manures on your farm?  Can your use of fertiliser be targeted better in order to improve efficiency…

    East Lothians Soil & Nutrient Network: 2nd meeting – Soil organic matter & organic manures

    The importance of soil organic matter, making the most of organic manures composts & wastes and nitrogen use efficiency. This is the second of three meetings to be held on…

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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…

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    Identifying compaction in your fields

       

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Soils, Environment, Climate Change, and Water Management

    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

    What the dry summer can tell us about our fields

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Soils, Environment, Climate Change, and Water Management

    Visual Examination of Soil Structure

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Crops and Soils, Soils, and Environment
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    Cover crops – Information note

    Cover Crops – Information note

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    Practical Guide: Use of Cover Crops

    This Practical Guide concentrates on the benefits of cover crops and how they can help your farm adapt in a changing climate.

    Topics: Soils and Climate Change

    Cover Crops – Information note

    This document contains information about various different cover crops that might be an option on your farm.

    Case Study: Hardens Farm – Using a RAM pump to provide alternative watering to grazing cattle

    John Anderson farms at Hardens Farm which lies within the Lower Tweed Priority Catchment. The farm steading is located at 200 m above sea level, has a weak main supply with fields that rise to 300 m which are located a distance of 900 m from the steading in two different directions. In order to provide an alternative watering source for grazing cattle, John installed a RAM pump system.

    OPAL – Grassland earthworm key

    This is a two-sheet guide to identifying earthworms.

    ‘Mind The Gap – 2 m and 10 m buffer strips near watercourses’ Information Note

    Mind the gap – 2m and 10m buffer strips near watercourses. Vegetated buffer strips of varying distances are used throughout Scotland to help ensure that on-farm pollutants and run off do not get into watercourses. Maintaining these areas not only helps comply with the Diffuse Pollution General Binding Rules (DP GBRs), but also helps to protect water quality and biodiversity, improving farm environmental performance.

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