GREATsoils: Rating soil assessment methods

An insight into selected soil assessment tests for horticulture, soil infiltration rates and much more.

Field demonstration trials were run as part of a three-year AHDB Horticulture GREATsoils project CP 107b (April 2015 – March 2018).

This factsheet specifies soil assessment methods that were chosen as best for the various horticultural production systems.

Growers from various horticultural production systems selected, trialled and compared a range of soil assessment methods in their own fields. 

In this factsheet you will find: 

  • Soil infiltration rates 
  • Simple compaction test
  • Earthworm counts for field vegetables 
  • Laboratory soil health testing for protected leafy salads