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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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Use maps to save your sample locations 4032 3024 Soilmentor

Use maps to save your sample locations

We’re excited that you can now use the GPS mapping feature in both our iPhone and Android apps, to save the exact locations of where you are doing your soil tests in each field. That way you can very easily come back year after year to the same spot and monitor changes in soil health.…

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Defragmenting UK soils policy – the journey so far… 4896 3268 Soilmentor

Defragmenting UK soils policy – the journey so far…

Much of what we do is about empowering farmers in the field to build soil health, but of course we realise that we are all part of a bigger system and government policy can have a massive impact on the way land is farmed. We have always admired the work of the Sustainable Soils Alliance…

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Earthworm Engineers #4 – Manure & Earthworm Populations 1600 1067 Soilmentor

Earthworm Engineers #4 – Manure & Earthworm Populations

Welcome to the fourth and final post in our Earthworm Engineers series, where you can learn from some of the best science about the value of these amazing creatures. We’re so excited that Professor Jenni Dungait is now the editor of the European Journal of Soil Science – and she’s made some important earthworm papers…

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Earthworm Engineers #3 – Organic vs Conventional Systems 5184 3456 Soilmentor

Earthworm Engineers #3 – Organic vs Conventional Systems

Welcome to the third instalment in our Earthworm Engineers series where you can learn from some of the best science about the value of these amazing creatures. We’re so excited that Professor Jenni Dungait is now the editor of the European Journal of Soil Science – and she’s made some important earthworm papers open access…

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Earthworm Engineers #2 – Arable Farming & Earthworm Populations 5184 3456 Soilmentor

Earthworm Engineers #2 – Arable Farming & Earthworm Populations

Welcome to the second in our Earthworm Engineers series where you can learn from some of the best science about the value of these amazing creatures. We’re so excited that Professor Jenni Dungait is now the editor of the European Journal of Soil Science – and she’s made some important earthworm papers open access for…

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Earthworm Engineers #1 – Ecosystem Services 5184 3456 Soilmentor

Earthworm Engineers #1 – Ecosystem Services

Welcome to the first post in our Earthworm Engineers series where you can learn from some of the best science about the value of these amazing creatures. We’re so excited that Professor Jenni Dungait is now the editor of the European Journal of Soil Science – and she’s made some important earthworm papers open access…

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Will Godwin – Hampton Estate 1440 1079 Soilmentor

Will Godwin – Hampton Estate

The beautiful family run Hampton Estate is nestled in the sandy soils of Seale, near Farnham in Surrey. Most of the farmland is in woodland or grass and twenty years ago Guernsey dairy cattle grazed the estate. The family have since switched to a Sussex cattle herd and started producing grass fed beef to sell…

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