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Soil and Nutrient NetworkA group of people standing in a field discussing soil structure at the Girrick Farm Soil & Nutrient Network farm meeting

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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    News

    Soils, drainage & grassland, Shetland – Event summary

    Grass has a key role in sustaining ruminant livestock production The day consisted of a mix of outdoor practical sessions, indoor presentations and discussions aiming to help farmers understand how…

    Seamus Donnelly discussing soil compaction remediation equipment

    Campbeltown Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting – Event summary

    The first meeting of the new Campbeltown Soil & Nutrient Network group was held at Dunadd Farm on a sunny 12th July.  The event was kindly hosted by Roy Foster…

    Prolonged dry spell – what can be done?

    We’ve had calls from across the country for what can be done in the face of the continued dry weather.  We asked a few experts for their advice: David Lawson,…

    Mid-Season Management of Slurry

    With many farmers now preparing grassland for second cut silage, this article provides a reminder of some basic principles of nutrient management and considers how to make the best possible…

    Cover crop plant being passed around a group of farmers at the Angus Soil & Nutrient network meeting

    Angus Soil & Nutrient Network – Final meeting

    The 3rd & final Soil & Nutrient Network Meeting was held at the Finavon House Hotel.  Zach Reilly, SAC Consulting, opened the meeting with a background Bogindollo Farm and the changes…

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    Events

    Worming Your Way to Profit – A Soil Association event

    A practical workshop at Michael Blanche’s innovative grassland farm looking at effective ways of treating fluke and worms. We will cover diagnosis, control, different treatments and pasture management. What changes…

    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…

    Electrify your profits

    Courtesy of the Macalister family, our workshop is aimed at farmers in Argyll looking to improve their return from better grassland management. Michael Shannon, of Damn Delicious, farms near Biggar…

    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…

    Banffshire Soil & Nutrient Network – 1st Meeting

    This will be the first of 3 meetings of the new Banffshire Soil & Nutrient Network. The event will be held at Newmills of Boyne near Cornhill, our new host farm. As this…

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    Publications

    Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for crops

    Technical note (TN671): Management of boron in soils for crops

    Technical note (TN668): Managing soil phosphorus

    Technical note (TN668): Managing soil phosphorus

    TN664: Management of cobalt in grassland soils

    TN664: Management of cobalt in grassland soils

    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

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    Downloads

    Nutrients, structure & drainage for grass – presentation slides from Gavin Elrick

    These are the presentation slides used by Gavin Elrick during the ‘Soils, drainage & grassland – Shetland’ event held in July 2018

    Soil management for grassland – presentation slides from David Lawson

    This is a copy of the presentation slides used by SRUC’s David Lawson during the ‘Soils, drainage & Grassland – Shetland’ event in July 2018

    Info note – Hot weather July2018

    Information Note – Summer 2018: Hot weather and potential risks to livestock health and welfare

    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

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