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Wet on Top — Dry Underneath – Guest Post by Niels Corfield 1500 843 Soilmentor

Wet on Top — Dry Underneath – Guest Post by Niels Corfield

This is a guest post by Niels Corfield, Independent Farming Advisor and Educator. Learn about his courses here. The winter of 2019/20 was challenging for farmers to say the least. Incessant rain meaning fields were not accessible, and winter crops were not sowed, large areas of flat or low lying country flooded (sometimes repeatedly) and…

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Case Study: Clare Hill at FAI Farms 1144 1322 Soilmentor

Case Study: Clare Hill at FAI Farms

Case Study: Clare Hill at FAI FarmsSince 2001, FAI have farmed 1650 acres of Oxford University owned land in Oxfordshire, running a ewe flock, a suckler herd, egg laying hens and forage making land as well as hosting trial facilities for on-farm research. Clare Hill is the farm manager at FAI. After noticing cracked ground…

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Case study: Peter & Henri Greig at Pipers Farm 545 565 Soilmentor

Case study: Peter & Henri Greig at Pipers Farm

Case Study: Peter & Henri Greig at Pipers Farm Pipers Farm is a 50 acre permanent pasture family farm in Devon, with native-breed cattle and sheep herds. Peter and Henri Greig are the founders and farmers at Pipers Farm, and they also work to support an additional 25 family farms, to connect their customers with…

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Beneficial insect focus: Spiders – Ben Harrington, Edaphos 591 340 Soilmentor

Beneficial insect focus: Spiders – Ben Harrington, Edaphos

Edaphos offers agronomy services on all types of farms in all situations. Their philosophy is to improve soil and plant health, whilst harnessing the soils stored resources to their full potential to achieve a healthy, well balanced system. Increasing biocontrol on farms by raising awareness of the beneficial insect community could lead to reduced pesticide…

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Want to know more about Regenerative Farming? Here are our top resources! 595 596 Soilmentor

Want to know more about Regenerative Farming? Here are our top resources!

New to all this? These resources are a great place to start: (scroll down for more in-depth info) Short video: What is regenerative agriculture? Still not sure exactly what it means to be a regenerative farmer? This is a great short video to get you up to speed;  the key messages of regenerative farming are…

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The value of biodiversity in agriculture 1024 512 Soilmentor

The value of biodiversity in agriculture

Farmland across the world has potential to host a fantastically complex network of plants and animals, and this complexity provides many ecosystem services that we humans rely on: decomposing our waste, cleaning our water, and purifying our air – not small concerns! Invertebrates such as hoverflies, bees, moths and butterflies pollinate our crops, and others…

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Introducing the biodiversity tool! 2560 1707 Soilmentor

Introducing the biodiversity tool!

With the launch of Soilmentor comes the biodiversity tool – helping you to farm in tune with nature! We’re so excited to be launching the new biodiversity monitoring tool on Soilmentor, which will help you to record the range of different species present on your farm. Our vision of a resilient farm of the future…

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After the rain — How to get more forage from your pasture – Guest post by Niels Corfield 2592 1936 Soilmentor

After the rain — How to get more forage from your pasture – Guest post by Niels Corfield

This is a guest post by Niels Corfield, soil health, agroforestry and whole farm planning advisor, researcher and advocate. What can we do to capitalise on rain when it comes; so we can get more forage and improve the health of our pasture and animals? I’m going to present some observations from pastures around the…

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Don’t think you’ve got time to go out and dig holes? Think differently! 559 397 Soilmentor

Don’t think you’ve got time to go out and dig holes? Think differently!

What does the future hold for farming? Well, the truth is, we don’t have a crystal hoof! But, there is one way to make our farming enterprises resilient, through the wettest of winters and driest of summers. A way of reducing inputs, increasing biodiversity and building a healthy planet. Farming with a focus on regenerating…

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How to store water in your soil and prevent erosion 4032 3024 Soilmentor

How to store water in your soil and prevent erosion

As the weather in the Northern Hemisphere gets rainier going into the Autumn months, the question of our soils’ relationship with water springs to mind. We know that healthy soils absorb much more water than unhealthy soils, and that healthy soil is less likely to degrade into runoff, but what’s the science behind this? We’ve…

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What is soil health and why should farmers and growers care about it? Guest post by Niels Corfield 2379 1770 Soilmentor

What is soil health and why should farmers and growers care about it? Guest post by Niels Corfield

This is a guest post by Niels Corfield, soil health, agroforestry and whole farm planning advisor, researcher and advocate. In this article I’d like to lay out the main tenets of soil health, but before that I want to present what I feel are the main motivations for “going to all that effort”! Why bother…

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Soil Science Latest: How Can We Sequester More Carbon and Build Soil Health? 3024 2257 Soilmentor

Soil Science Latest: How Can We Sequester More Carbon and Build Soil Health?

A few weeks ago we presented at Wageningen Soils Conference with Elizabeth Stockdale, Head of Farming, NIAB. We shared about the work we had done together converting the AHDB soils scorecard into an interactive Soil Quality UK Dashboard, with the main focus being “How can we get farmers talking about their soil health, based on…

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