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 soil management guide is a practical manual for growers and agronomists with the primary focus on soil assessment and management in horticultural cropping systems.

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.

23 May 2019

Soil water supply is critical to managing the yield and quality of high-value horticultural crops. Improving soil health can benefit the supply of water from irrigation and rainfall by increasing infiltration rates and water-holding capacity.

20 December 2018

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

23 May 2019

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

23 May 2019

Many farmers and growers are concerned about the health of their soils. They understand the importance of soil health for the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their business, but many face significant challenges when interpreting results from laboratory analysis or when choosing suitable methods for assessing the health of soils beyond the standard pH, phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) analysis.

23 May 2019

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.

23 May 2019

Maintaining optimum soil pH values in all parts of the field is essential in order to maintain soil quality and health, crop quality and yield. This guidance document explains why soil pH is important and outlines the impact of soil type and texture on pH.

20 December 2018

Farmers and growers often want to maintain or enhance soil organic matter (SOM) content as this can have a range of benefits for soil health. Given that applying bulky organic matter has a financial cost, it is important to understand the merits of using different organic materials.

6 March 2019

Short pocketbook with simple steps to assess soil structure