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Soil and Nutrient Network farms are taking a ‘before and after’ look at how to protect and improve farm soils and make best use of both organic and inorganic fertilisers, saving money, benefitting yields and improving farm efficiency and resilience.

Improved soil and nutrient use could make your business more profitable, lower the farm carbon footprint and reduce diffuse pollution risks.

Even technically efficient farms can find small changes to current soil and nutrient management practices that could make a big difference.

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    Lewis & Harris Soil & Nutrient Network meeting - group on a site visit to discuss the importance of drainage

    Lewis & Harris Soil Nutrient Network: 3rd Meeting – Event summary

    This was the third and final meeting of the Lewis & Harris Soil & Nutrient Network Despite horrendous weather conditions on the day 24 people attended this meeting at Ionad…

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    Soil management in grassland systems: Nairn – Event Summary

    What is soil health and why is it important? Audrey Litterick from Eartchare Technical Ltd was our first speaker.  Her presentation started off with an explanation in to what soil…

    A group of farmers at the Inverness-shire Soil & Nutrient Network meeting, standing in a circular formation in a field with a low sun casting long shadows

    Inverness-shire Soil & Nutrient Network: Final meeting – Event summary

    At the last of three Soil and Nutrient Network meetings on the Black Isle local farmers came along to participate with Agricultural Consultants Gillian McKnight, Christine Watson and Bryan Griffiths….

    Gavin Elrick discussing the maintance of a fertiliser spreader and N, P & K requirements during the recent West Lothian Soil & Nutrient Network event

    West Lothian Nutrient Network Farm Final Meeting – Event Summary

    The third and final meeting of the West Lothian Soil & Nutrient Network  was held at West Binny Farm.  The topics for discussion were GPS soil analysis, fertiliser, an update…

    Winners of the Skye SNN Woodlands stock judging competition

    Skye Soil & Nutrient Network Farm: Final meeting – Event Summary

    This meeting was a review of the work so far with the Skye Soil & Nutrient Network group at Waternish Farm One of the videos was showcased and the remainder…

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    Events

    Buzzing About Grassland: Grantown on Spey – A Soil Association event

    Species rich grassland meadows are an important part of our farming landscape; providing habitats for birds, pollinators, and areas of nutritionally low fodder to manage sheep condition on. How can…

    Buzzing About Grassland: Inverkip – A Soil Association event

    Species rich grassland meadows are an important part of our farming landscape; providing habitats for birds, pollinators, and areas of nutritionally low fodder to manage sheep condition on. How can…

    Future Farming Scotland Conference – A Soil Association event

    Further details to follow but for more information contact Lyn at the Soil Association on 07899 791 748 or email.

    Mob grazing gives you more: a practical introduction for livestock & arable farmers – A Soil Association event

    What is it? Why would you do it? How do you do it? Assessing practical benefits and performance on the ground. Come along to hear and discuss what mob grazing…

    Field Lab: All Over Clover – A Soil Association event

    At the first Field Lab meeting in February we discussed the challenges of establishing herbal leys without carrying out a full reseed, and came up with some options. Since then…

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    Publications

    TN699: Agricultural use of biosolids composts anaerobic digestates and other industrial organic fertilisers

    TN699: Agricultural use of biosolids composts anaerobic digestates and other industrial organic fertilisers

    TN687 – Managing Arable Farmland for Biodiversity

    TN687 Managing Arable Farmland for Biodiversity

    TN696 – Recommended grass and clover varieties 2017-2018

    Technical note (TN696): Recommended grass and clover varieties 2017-2018  

    Technical Note: (TN685) Sulphur Recommendations for Crops

    Sulphur (S) is an essential crop nutrient that has received less attention in the past as the supply from industrial emissions sources have been sufficient to meet annual requirements for…

    Technical note (TN657): Management of copper in soils for cereals

    The soils of Scotland have developed from a range of complex geological parent materials that vary widely in composition. In the relatively young soils over much of the UK, the parent material remains the dominant factor in determining the soil copper status.

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    TN699: Agricultural use of biosolids composts anaerobic digestates and other industrial organic fertilisers

    When used appropriately, the recycling to land of organic materials adds nutrient value to soil and crops, and in some cases provide significant savings on the cost of manufactured fertilisers.
    Regular applications of bulky organic materials can improve water-holding capacity, drought resistance and structural stability

    Technical note (TN696): Recommended grass and clover varieties 2017-2018

    The agricultural industry in Scotland is co-operating in a scheme to ensure the continuation of the SRUC Recommended List of grass and clover varieties. The scheme, with the support of NFUS,AIC, SSTA and BSPB, involves a contribution for every kilogram of herbage seed sold.

    Soil & Nutrient Network: Case study – Rhoin Farm, Argyll – Kintyre

    This is the Case Study from Rhoin Farm, a Soil & Nutrient Network host farm

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