Soils

1 July 2021

The aim of this guide is to enable barley growers to identify where production may be falling short of potential.

23 May 2018

The Growing Media Review magazine provides the latest industry progress and research in the work towards helping the horticulture industry reduce its reliance on peat. This edition explores a new model to predict the performance of different growing media blends and takes a look at commercial success stories across the supply chain.

16 July 2018

Conductivity is a useful measurement of total salt content of a soilless substrate and provides growers with an indication of the strength of feed solution within a container grown crop. This factsheet explains what conductivity is and how best to measure and manage it.

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.

7 January 2021

This GREATsoils case study examines the importance of effective soil assessment methods for the production of carrot crops through the experiences of producers Fresh Growers Ltd. The case study reviews the benefits of Albrecht approach to soil assessment and the impact on nutrient management.

18 November 2021

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.

10 August 2018

Asparagus growers, worked with Cranfield University to install grassed waterways to reduce runoff from fields. This enabled land that was not formally capable of supporting asparagus to be used. Grassed waterways do not prevent soil erosion across the whole field area they maintain the soil in the field.

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

22 May 2018

Owners and managers of outdoor herds face the challenge of good soil management to ensure efficient daily operations, health and welfare of pigs while still ensuring consequential environmental impacts from water and airborne soil erosion are minimised by good soil management

22 May 2018

Outdoor pig producers can produce a Soil Management Plan (SMP) for their land where they keep pigs. This demonstrates good practice and avoids problems associated with soil erosion which can result in pollution or other negative impacts putting agricultural subsidy payments in jeopardy

20 December 2018

Soil is the farmer’s key asset. Improving your soil will provide clear benefits to your business and the environment. Understand your soil and you can reduce the risks and costs of soil damage, water run-off and erosion.

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