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    Stranraer Soil & Nutrient Network - second meeting - a group of farmers sitting around a table listening to a presentation from Dr Paul Hargreaves

    Stranraer Soil & Nutrient Network: 2nd meeting – event summary

    Using home-grown resources This was the second meeting of the Stranraer Soil & Nutrient Network.  The evening opened with a quick recap about Balwherrie – the host farm for this…

    Dr Paul Hargreaves discussing soil health at the Moray Soil & Nutrient Network

    Moray Soil & Nutrient Network: 2nd meeting – event summary

    Soil biodiversity and using organic manures including distillery by-products We gathered at Balnellan for the second meeting of the Moray Soil & Nutrient Network Farm. Dr. Paul Hargreaves and Gavin…

    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.

    Gavin Elrick in a soil pit during the Uist Soil & Nutrient Network meeitng

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

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

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    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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    Events

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Melrose) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Lockerbie) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Perth) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Inverurie) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Inverness) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

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    Publications

    Soil & Nutrient Network: Case Study – Bielgrange, East Lothian

    Soil & Nutrient Network: Case Study – Bielgrange, East Lothian

    Publication Type: Soil & Nutrient Network Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Soils
    James Sloan, host farmer for the Ayrshire Soil & Nutrient Network

    Dorrmieston – Ayrshire’s Soil & Nutrient Network host farm

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Crops and Soils and Soils
    a field heap midden in the middle of a field

    Calculating the nutrient value of organic fertilisers

    The aim of this guide is to help farmers to evaluate more accurately the potential nutrient value supplied to crops from organic fertilisers such as livestock slurries and manures. This…

    Publication Type: Video Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Soils

    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
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    Downloads

    Soil & Nutrient Network: Case Study – Bielgrange, East Lothian

    Dumfriesshire Soil & Nutrient Network: final meeting – presentation slides, David Ross

    Presentation slides used by David Ross during the final Dumfriesshire Soil & Nutrient Network meeting in December 2018

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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.

    OPAL – Grassland earthworm key

    This is a two-sheet guide to identifying earthworms.

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