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GREATsoils: Soil Health for Horticulture

Growers are becoming increasingly interested in soil health and how it affects the success of their business. Watch this GREATsoils video to find out more.

 

GREATsoils: Soil Testing Techniques

What soil health testing method could work for you? Find out the different ways you can test your soil health.

 

GREATsoils: The Worm Count Test

The earthworm count is a quick and easy soil testing method, plus it’s a great indicator of your soil structure and health.

 

GREATsoils Soil Respiration Test

The soil respiration test is a great way to test the biological activity of your soil, it takes just 24 hrs to complete with minimal equipment. Watch this GREATsoils video to find out more.

 

GREATsoils: The Spade Test

The spade test is the most common type of soil health testing method. It is very easy and informative, giving a fast general impression of your soil status.

 

GREATsoils: The Infiltration Test

Recording the time is takes for your soil to absorb water is another great way to test your soils health. Find out how to do so in this video.

 

 

GREATsoils: The Soil Compaction Test

The soil compaction test is another great technique you can do to test your soil health.

 

 

Chris Molyneux, explains why managing soils are important

 

 

 

 

G's Fresh salad grower, Simon Gardner explains how he is improving soil health and structure for their organic salad business by ploughing less and using cover crops.

 

 

 

James Smith from Loddington Farm has improved the health of the soils in his orchards in only two years, by trialling a mix of green manures.

 

 

Soils interactive - This AHDB Potato recording of Dr Blair McKenzie (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Mark Stalham (NIAB-CUF) may be of interest to growers of Horticultural crops.  Although it focuses on using practical science to optimise soil mechanics for potato production, the soil principles they introduce on: ‘Soil strength’ & ‘Plastic limits’ which are affected by soil moisture contents are worth considering as they will help growers make decisions on when and when not to work the soil.  These two researchers also demonstrate that soil texture determines the stability of soil structure during successive wet and dry periods.  

 

The benefits of using compost

 

Understanding soil organic matter
 

Paul Newell Price from ADAS shows attendees the VESS method at a GREATsoils event in September

 
 

 

 

Please note: Webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing at your convenience. You can view recordings of previous GREATsoils webinars at the bottom of the page. 

 

GREATsoils field lab opportunity

If you like trying out new ideas on your farm but would like support making sure you get the best results from the trial then we can help. As part of GREATsoils 107b we’ve got an opportunity for growers to be part of a Field Lab. Partnering with Innovative Farmers; field labs are topic-focused practical farm trials looking at either trialling new research or ideas generated by growers themselves. A field lab comprises 2-3 meetings over which farmers identify a shared challenge and test and evaluate solutions.

If you’d like to know more then get in touch - GREATsoils@soilassociation.org

 

New dates for GREATsoils events will be announced soon. Please visit our events pages to find out more about future AHDB Horticulture events. 

 

Previous Webinars

 

WEBINAR: Soil Health and Bottom Line,  recorded on 27 July 2016

This webinar will cover what we mean by Soil Health (taking a holistic view of the chemistry, biology and physics of soil); threats and opportunities to your business (in the short term and longer term); benefits (including financial) from managing the health of your soil. Presenter: Martin Wood, Earthcare Technical Ltd.

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WEBINAR: GREATsoils: Soil health and what to measure, recorded on 31 August 2016

‘Soil health and what to measure’ to get a handle on the health of your soil; overview of lab tests (including Albrecht, NRM Soil Health test and Soil Food Web) and in-field assessments; what to do with the results. Presenter: Martin Wood, Earthcare Technical Ltd.

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WEBINAR: Managing soil health using organic manures, recorded on 7 October 2016

This webinar will cover the benefits of different types of organic manures (farmyard manure, compost, digestive); using organic manures for maximum advantage (timing of use, integrating with fertilisers); practical and regulatory considerations (environmental regs and buyer protocols). Presenter: Martin Wood, Earthcare Technical Ltd.

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WEBINAR: Short term green manure strategies for intensive growers , recorded 23 November 2016

This webinar covers the practicalities of using short term (or catch crop) green manures in intensive horticultural rotations; which species of green manures can be used; when in the rotation to sow and incorporate the green manure, and which crops are most suited to preceding or following short term green manures. Hosted by Ian Wilkinson, Managing Director of Cotswold Seeds, the webinar is primarily aimed at fruit and vegetable growers but is open to anyone interested in improving soil health.

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Understanding soil organic matter

 

 

Please note: Webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing at your convenience. You can view recordings of previous GREATsoils webinars at the bottom of the page.