Natural resources

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.

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.

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

Good water is key for health and good production. This report by RAFT solutions summarises technical and practical information on principles and practice based on international standards and published science, coupled with practical experience and knowledge from UK pig production

10 August 2018

Water is key for health, welfare and productivity. Sampling water may be an assurance scheme requirement. You may also wish to test minerals, flow rate and temperature to assess quality and quantity of a new supply or to investigate issues such as poor water intake or blocked pipes and filters

16 July 2018

Water is key for health, welfare and productivity. Sampling water may be an assurance scheme requirement. You may also wish to test minerals, flow rate and temperature to assess quality and quantity of a new supply or to investigate issues such as poor water intake or blocked pipes and filters

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

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