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Soilmentor support for DEFRA Soil Management Plan 1080 1080 Soilmentor

Soilmentor support for DEFRA Soil Management Plan

Soilmentor support for DEFRA Soil Management Plan Farming in the UK and planning to create a DEFRA soil management plan in future? Soilmentor can support you to monitor your soil health and structure, detail how an area is managed, and report problem areas. In order to align with the UK government’s Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme…

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Soil Lab Test Series #2: Nutrient Analyses 784 1090 Soilmentor

Soil Lab Test Series #2: Nutrient Analyses

Soil Lab Test Series #2: Soil Nutrient Analyses This is the second post in the Soilmentor Soil Lab Test Blog Series exploring soil lab analyses, what we can learn from them, and where to get them done. In this blog we look at soil nutrient analyses, and we’ll be exploring leaf and tissue analysis, and…

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Soil Lab Test Series #1: Soil Biodiversity Testing 1654 984 Soilmentor

Soil Lab Test Series #1: Soil Biodiversity Testing

Soil Lab Test Series #1: Soil Biodiversity Testing This is the first post in the Soilmentor Soil Lab Test Blog Series exploring soil lab analyses, what we can learn from them, and where to get them done. In this blog we look at soil biodiversity tests, and we’ll be exploring nutrient analysis, leaf and tissue…

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In Collaboration with Nicole Masters: Soilmentor Regenerative Platform 1000 668 Soilmentor

In Collaboration with Nicole Masters: Soilmentor Regenerative Platform

In Collaboration with Nicole Masters: Soilmentor Regenerative PlatformWe’re thrilled to announce our collaboration with world-renowned soil health specialist and author, Nicole Masters and the team at Integrity Soils. We have read Nicole’s book ‘For the Love of Soil’ and we are in the process of completing her online course – both highly recommended. Nicole shares…

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Soil learnings from ORFC Global 960 1280 Soilmentor

Soil learnings from ORFC Global

Soil Health Learnings from ORFC GlobalOur team had a great time attending ORFC Global last month – it was a real honour to be involved in a truly global event on such a scale, and the diversity of insight and knowledge was so inspiring. We expect it will take quite some time (and several re-watches)…

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Case Study: Sam and Claire Beaumont, Gowbarrow Hall Farm 1600 1200 Soilmentor

Case Study: Sam and Claire Beaumont, Gowbarrow Hall Farm

Case Study: Sam and Claire Beaumont, Gowbarrow Hall FarmGowbarrow Hall Farm is an upland farm in the Lake District, run by Sam and Claire Beaumont and their family. They returned to the farm three years ago, which had been managed intensively by a local sheep grazier since the 1990s. Nitrogen was regularly used to improve…

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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 1200 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) What is regenerative agriculture?  Still not sure exactly what it means to be a regenerative farmer? This is a great Groundswell short video to get you up to speed;  the key messages of regenerative farming are laid…

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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. Invertebrates such as hoverflies, bees, moths and butterflies pollinate our crops, and others such as beetles, spiders,…

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