Contents tagged with soil

18 January 2019

Find out about indicators that could help you test the health of your soil

20 December 2018

Soil organic matter is the term used for all living, or once-living, materials within, or added to, the soil. This factsheet takes a closer look at how you can measure and add soil organic matter.

10 December 2018

The key advantages and disadvantages associated with no-till are detailed in this publication. It also explains how the approach effects crop yields, soil, as well as pest, disease and weed risks.

27 November 2018

Rhynie Farm in Easter Ross, run by Donald Ross, was today (21 November) named AgriScot Scottish Arable Farm of the Year.

23 November 2018

Of all pests and diseases of potatoes in Great Britain, infestation by potato cyst nematodes (PCN), or eelworms, is the most damaging. Yield losses depend on pest populations, soil type and potato variety, with a range of 1–35% in trials, with infestations at 10–20 eggs per gram of soil.

20 December 2018

Soil health is the ability of a soil to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain crop and livestock productivity and maintain or enhance environmental benefits. It requires a good balance of physical, chemical and biological soil properties, many of which can be tested.

26 October 2018

The AHDB WeatherHub can now be used to help target propyzamide applications to winter oilseed rape.

8 October 2018

Sampling and lab testing for PCN are vital, as, at low levels of infestation, no symptoms are seen in the field. This document provides a step-by-step guide to the sampling and testing process. If you have any further questions please contact your agronomist/advisor or your AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager.

2 October 2018

State-of-the-art scans reveal real-time root ramifications

20 December 2018

This soil management guide is a practical manual for growers and agronomists with the primary focus on soil assessment and management in horticultural cropping systems.

20 December 2018

This factsheet outlines a simple method for measuring infiltration in the field. It also explains how adding organic matter to soil can improve soil structure and water infiltration.

20 December 2018

Soil water supply is critical to managing the yield and quality of high-value horticultural crops. Improving soil health can benefit the supply of water from irrigation and rainfall by increasing infiltration rates and water-holding capacity.