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Soil

3 April 2011

 

Soil Latest News

Soil Management Best Practice

  • The Potato Council have updated the 'Soil management for Potatoes' guide to help with the understanding of the practical principles of soil management.
  • Scottish Soils Database and website. This is the first stop for data and information on one of Scotland’s key resources.
  • Thinksoils helps farmers and farm advisers assess soil and recognise problems of erosion and runoff. The thinksoils guide can be accessed here. There is also a Quick guide that gives information on assessing soils to avoid erosion and runoff.
  • The Soil Protection Review (SPR) is part of  Cross Compliance and can be completed online which is quicker, easier and reduces your chances of an inspection.
  • You don't have to complete the SPR online, instead you can keep a copy on your farm. Either use a spreadsheet or download and print the latest version (SPR 2010).

Guidance on managing the risk of:

 

Potato Council Soil Research Projects

 

Links to other Organisations and Publications

  • Catchment Sensitive Farming - Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment.
  • www.Defra.gov.uk - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a government department that makes policy, and legislation covering the environment, agriculture, sustainability and rural communities
  • www.Environment-Agency.gov.uk  an Executive Non-departmental Public Body that aims to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. 
  • www.Leafuk.org - Linking Environment and Farming, promoting sustainable food and farming. Leaf have also published Simply Sustainable Soils six simple steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health and long term sustainability of the land.
  • www.NaturalEngland.org.uk - Natural England is the government's advisor on the natural environment. They provide advice on how best to safeguard England's natural environment
  • www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/ - Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. It aims to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development in Wales 
  • www.sepa.org.uk - The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is Scotlands environmental regulator and their main role is to protect and improve the environment