Contents tagged with Great Soils

23 May 2019

Soil organic matter is the term used for all living, or once-living, materials within, or added to, the soil. This factsheet takes a closer look at how you can measure and add soil organic matter.

23 May 2019

Soil health is the ability of a soil to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain crop and livestock productivity and maintain or enhance environmental benefits. It requires a good balance of physical, chemical and biological soil properties, many of which can be tested.

23 May 2019

This factsheet outlines a simple method for measuring infiltration in the field. It also explains how adding organic matter to soil can improve soil structure and water infiltration.

20 December 2018

Simple recording sheet to used on site when counting earthworm numbers. To accompany the 'How to Count Earthworms' factsheet.

17 May 2021

These publications explain how each earthworm group has a unique and important function and give top tips on how identify and count each type.

10 August 2020

This guide outlines the basic principles of field drainage, including information on installation and maintenance. It also emphasises the importance of good soil structure and includes information on subsoiling.

6 March 2019

Short pocketbook with simple steps to assess soil structure

2 January 2019

The condition of soil on livestock farms directly influences the yield and quality of grass and forage crops, animal performance and profitability. This manual offers advice to improve management of farmland soil, in order to safeguard this basic resource to produce healthy crops and livestock