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Know your Soils #7: The Respiration Test

Welcome to the seventh instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” How much biological activity…

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Know your Soils #6: Soil Health Reading List

Welcome to the sixth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” The best books for…

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Know your Soils #5: How well can your soil can hold onto nutrients?

Welcome to the fifth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Can your soil hold…

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Know Your Soils #4: How to capture carbon in your soil

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land.  Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” “If you want to capture…

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Making your soil rain-ready :  Skywatchers it’s time to look down

This is a guest post by Niels Corfield, soil health, agroforestry and whole farm planning advisor, researcher and advocate. You can find more articles from him on medium. For graziers and farmers It’s been a “funny old year” from the wet, water-logged winter-spring to the now, dry spring-summer. Since we’re in a prolonged dry spell…

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Know your Soils #3: Monitor the impact of water run-off

Welcome to the third instalment of our new 12 part Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land.  Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” How…

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Soil testing: The experience is as valuable as the results

This blog post was written by Annie Landless, after an eye opening afternoon of soil testing with Charles, her Dad. My Dad and I had been talking about soil testing at home on our 375 acre farm since January, but it took until May to get outside and do the tests. While I live in London…

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Intro to Jennifer Dungait: Soil Health Expert

We are honoured to have Professor Jenni Dungait as a soils advisor and ambassador for Sectormentor for Soils. Jenni is a leading soil scientist, Editor in Chief for the European Journal of Soil Science and also offers brilliant insights into how soil works in the field through her consultancy Soil Health Expert. Find out more…

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Know your Soils #2: Earthworm Quiz

Welcome to the second instalment of our new 12 part Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land.  Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”  Take…

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Know your Soils #1: Meet the bugs!

In our new 12 part Know your Soils series we will share practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land.  Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”  Get to know the…

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Soil Health Principles

The Soil Health Principles, thanks to soils advisor Niels Corfield: Living Root – for as Long/as Often as Possible Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings Feed Soils – w/Organic Matter (Between Cropping) Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics

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Soil testing: How to measure infiltration rate effectively

When the rains come, have your tubes at the ready, because a day or two after is the perfect time to test your infiltration rate. Measuring the infiltration rate in Winter or early Spring can be challenging because the ground is saturated with seasonal rainfall, so it can take quite a long time! The main…

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Fidelity Weston, Romshed Farm
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