AHDB funds an extensive programme of research and knowledge exchange on soil management. On this page you will find practical information on soil management as well as an overview of ongoing research and knowledge exchange.



Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership

The final reports from WP1 (Benchmarking and baselining) are now available.
Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners
Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard
Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

The feedback and the presentation from the soil management industry workshop has been collated which you can download below.

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Further information

Research and Knowledge Exchange

AHDB’s programme of research and knowledge exchange covers soil sampling, soil assessment of texture, pH, nutrient and organic matter content, drainage, cultivations and compaction as well as effects on soil borne diseases:

Soil biology and soil health

  • Soil physics, chemistry and biology are interlinked and all play a role in maintaining productive agricultural and horticultural systems. Whilst physical and chemical properties of soil are relatively well understood, the same is not necessarily true for soil biology
  • AHDB co-funds a five-year cross-sector programme of research and knowledge exchange, aiming to increase understanding of soil biology and develop a toolkit to measure and manage soil health.

Effect of rotations

  • Four inter-related projects form a five-year programme of research to help farmers, growers and agronomists optimise soil and water management decisions and plan environmentally and economically beneficial rotations.
  • The research will tap into an established network of farm-based initiatives, including AHDB’s network of monitor and strategic farms and acommercial sites. This will allow farmers, growers and agronomists access to trials and provide a forum for peer-to-peer learning.

Horticulture knowledge exchange programme

  • A programme of knowledge exchange funded by AHDB Horticulture aims to inspire and support growers to assess and manage the health of their soils.
  • A series of publications provide practical information on soil assessment, management strategies and action you can take (such as using green manures) along with updates on ongoing research
  • To provide practical hands-on training AHDB Horticulture is running a number of on-farm events and you can fill in your knowledge gaps by viewing our pre-recorded webinars

Healthy Grassland Soils

  • Maintaining healthy grassland soils, by improving soil structure and conserving biological activity, will support better plant growth, forage quality and thus profits, and will also minimise the negative impacts on the environment which can follow poor soil management.
  • Information and guides are available to help grassland farmers to study soil properties and to choose the best and least damaging management practices for this season and the seasons to come.

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