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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.

Current host farms for 2018/19

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    News

    Farmers attending the Orkney SNN meeting standing in a grassland field with soil compaction remediation machinery

    Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting event summary

    This was the first meeting of the Orkney Soil and Nutrient Network Farm based at Midgarth in Stronsay. The meeting focused on the soil, slurry and FYM analyses carried out…

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    Grassland webinars

    With 2018 proving a particularly challenging year in terms of grass growth, a series of webinars from Scotland’s Rural College has been created to help farmers get the most from…

    Ayrshire Sol & Nutrient Network - group of people in a grassland field with a tractor and a soil aerator

    Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting event summary

    This was the 1st meeting of the Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network Farm and it began with an introduction to the farm from host John Sloan. Guest speaker Seamus Donnelly, SAC…

    A group of people in a crop field with dramatic blue sky with dark clouds above.

    Banffshire Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting – event summary

    This was the first meeting of the Banffshire Soil and Nutrient Network Farm, hosted by Mr J Beattie of Newmills of Boyne farm, Cornhill. Newmills of Boyne encompasses a number…

    Gavin Elrick with a group of farmers examining a soil pit at the Moray SNN meeting

    Moray Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting event summary

    This was the 1st meeting of the Moray Soil & Nutrient Network Farm so it started with an introduction to the farm and the Soil & Nutrient Network. The first…

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    Events

    Field Lab: Plant Teams – A Soil Association event

    Can plant mixtures improve soil health and crop yield? Tuesday 23rd October, 10.30am–4pm Balmaise Community Centre, Linnwood Drive, Leven, KY8 5AE Soil Association Scotland is teaming up with the James…

    Making Woodland Work for You: Creation, management and funding – A Soil Association event

    A practical walk and talk afternoon exploring the benefits of woodland creation and management, as well as funding opportunities. Includes discussion on what to plant, where and why; managing existing…

    Priority Catchment Awareness Meeting, East Lothian Coastal, Tyne & Esk

    This on farm meeting will focus on the measures arable farmers can take within the priority catchment. The meeting will consist of a farm walk to discuss watercourse and steading…

    Field Lab: Grass Seed Mixes – A Soil Association event

    Which grass seed mixes work best for Scottish soils and climate? Thursday 11th October 2018, 1-3.30pm Mouldyhills Farm, Langholm DG14 0XH Come and join our third meeting at Mouldyhills, where we’ll be…

    Hands breaking open a clod of compacted soil

    Uist Soil and Nutrient Network Farm – 1st meeting

    The first meeting of the Uist Soil & Nutrient Network Farm. This is the first of three meetings demonstrating the value of our soils and how to make the best…

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    Publications

    Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotland

    Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotland

    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

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    Downloads

    Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting presentation slides – Gavin Elrick

    These are the presentation slides used by Gavin Elrick during the first meeting of the Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network. Gavin’s presentation included soil structure, compaction and drainage.

    Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network 1st meeting – Bill Crooks presentation slides

    These are presentation slides used by Bill Crooks during the first meeting of the Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network. Bill discussed nutrient management and soil analysis, including the topic of the use and neutralising value of different limes.

    Soil & Nutrient Network: Case Study – Bogindollo, Angus

    This case study introduces Bogindollo, the host farm for the Angus Soil & Nutrient Network and shares some of the information discussed during events.

    Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st event ‘Soil Care – Reducing soil compaction’ presentation slides

    These are the presentation slides used by Seamus Donnelly during the first meeting of the Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network at Dormieston Farm. Seamus has a background in soil science and delivered a comprehensive presentation about the issues surrounding and how to alleviate soil compaction.

    Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network 1st event: ‘Soil sampling’ presentation slides

    These are the presentation slides used by Elaine Watt (SAC Consulting) during the 1st meeting of the Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network Farm. Elaine discussed the importance of soil sampling.

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