Soil management and nutrient network farms
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.
- Waternish Farm, Skye
- West Binny Farm, West Lothian
- Wormiston Farm, Peebles-shire
- East Balhalgardy, Aberdeenshire
- Flowerburn Mains, Inverness-shire
- Crumhaugh Farm, Lanarkshire
- Rhoin Farm, Argyll-Kintyre
- Girrick Farm, Roxburghshire
- Knockglass Farm, Caithness
- Bogindollo Farm, Angus
- Newmarket Farm, Lewis & Harris
- Limekilns Farm, Dumfries-shire
- Technical Notes
- Valuing Your Soils Booklet
- Scotland’s Soils website
- Farming & Water Scotland website
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…
This was the final of 3 visits to the Knockglass Soil & Nutrient Network Farm. With the recent wet weather Gavin Elrick, soils & drainage expert gave a very apt talk on…
Introduction to Waternish Farm Waternish Farm, Isle of Skye, takes managing farm wildlife and biodiversity very seriously. It is certainly understood by the Montgomery family whose “Farm Tours” diversification business…
Introduction to Balhalgardy East Balhalgardy and the nearby unit of Auchencleith, farmed by brothers Bill and Alan Maitland, is a predominantly arable farm extending to 216 hectares on the outskirts…
Integrated Crop Management – a more holistic approach that can benefit your farm yields This roadshow event was held at the Elmwood campus of SRUC on 25th January 2018 with…
Organic Manures and Soil Quality Audrey Litterick – Earth Care Technical Making best use of that straw for muck deal, or being able to effectively use the nutrients in that…
The new date for this meeting is the 23rd March 10:30 – 14:30 Third & final meeting of the Isle of Lewis Soil & Nutrient Network This meeting is open…
Third and final meeting of this Soil & Nutrient Network group Improving farm soils and making best use of nutrients can make your business more efficient, help to reduce diffuse pollution…
The last of the West Lothian Soil & Nutrient Network Farm meetings is to be held at West Binny Farm, Dechmont. The objective of the project is to look at soil and nutrient…
Soiled Pants! This is the third and final meeting of the Kintyre Soil & Nutrient Network. We will be focussing on soil health during this event with a recap of…
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…
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.
Scotland’s soils have been comprehensively surveyed, classified, and studied over the past 75 years. Understanding and using this information at the farm level has up till now been difficult due to its complexity and the accessibility of information.
Soft fruit crops tend to be in the ground for several years. It is therefore very important to address problems of soil acidity and nutrient deficiency before planting, since it will be much more difficult to do so once crops have been planted.
The main limitations to grass production are temperature, moisture, soil pH, soil drainage and structure, and nitrogen (N). This technical note shows how to calculate the optimal amount of N that should be applied.
This is a copy of the handout available at the Wet Weather Resilience Planning events at Castle Kennedy & Wigtown
During the final Roxburghshire Soil & Nutrient Network meeting, Donald Dunbar gave a presentation about GPS soil sampling and liming requirements. These are his presentation slides.
These are the presentation slides used by Andy Baird during his discussion about calibration of a fertiliser sower during the final Roxburghshire Soil & Nutrient Network meeting.
Audrey Litterick from Earthcare gave a presentation about Organic Matter during the final Roxburghshire Soil & Nutrient Network meeting. These are the presentation slides used by Audrey.
Presentation slides from the final Roxburghshire Soil & Nutrient Network Farm meeting. These slides show the nutrient budget process for Girrick Farm.