Good Soil Guide

A guide to sustainable soil management,
written by farmers,
for farmers. 

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Sustainable Soil Management

Soil health is in decline. Over the past 80 years, arable soils in the UK have lost over half their total Carbon stock, seriously reducing the capability of the soil to retain nutrients and water, resist erosion, or support crop performance during times of stress. The implications for this, at both farm and landscape level, are considerable. 

The Good Soil Guide was designed as a platform for discussion, innovation and technical support for farmers seeking to adopt sustainable, environmentally positive management practices that are capable of reversing the decline in soil quality, regenerating soil health and restoring soil Carbon balance.

Based on the requirements of farmers participating in the Sustainable Landscapes programme, the Good Soil Guide outlines the understanding and application of a range of cost-effective, practical, soil management techniques that bring benefits at farm and landscape scale, and integrates the following topics;

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Soil systems

Explore the impact of cultivation, cropping and fertilisers on soil function, how to restore soil health and build resilience into farming.

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Cover cropping

Understanding the role that cover crops play in nutrient recycling, soil formation, water holding, Carbon sequestration and soil health.

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Farming Carbon

Regenerating soil Carbon stocks can deliver a range of benefits to the farmer, the landscape and the supply chain, and is central to sustainability.

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Adaptive agronomy

Sustainable soil and crop practices can change soil fertility and natural crop protection, which require changes in conventional agronomy.

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A wide range of data can be used to measure soil and crop performance, monitor progress,  refine ideas and ensure targets for sustainability are hit.

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Supply chain integration

Sustainability gains at farm level deliver major benefits to the entire supply chain and are central to achieving the goal of Zero Carbon Food.

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Sustainable Landscapes

Changing practices at field scale can influence entire landscapes, the resources they contain and the communities they support.

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Eco-System Services

Soil health has a major impact on water and air quality, food quality, bio-diversity, natural capital, human health and well-being.

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The Good Soil Guide is constantly being updated, expanded and reviewed. The techniques presented here are based on hard science and robust data, but this is not intended to be a peer-reviewed scientific report. It is written by farmers, for farmers, as a practical guide to sustainability. Designed specifically as a mobile app for use in the field, the text has been kept deliberately concise, allowing focus to remain on the topics that really matter. Additional information is provided within the platform, in the form of short animations, downloadable documents and agronomy guides. 

Our aim is to share information and practical experience, transfer and exchange knowledge and provide sufficient support to generate a better understanding of sustainable soil management and the significant impact this has at field, farm and landscape scale.

Our objective is to empower farmers to make informed decisions about sustainable farming practices that influence the quality of the soil, air, water, food and natural capital that we all rely on.  

Our aspiration is that by doing this, we can build resilience into our farming systems, safeguard the environment and deliver a brighter, cleaner, healthier future for the generations to come. 

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The Good Soil Guide is designed as a platform for discussion, innovation and technical support for farmers seeking to adopt regenerative, sustainable, environmentally positive soil management practices, and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.  

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Disclaimer : The views, comments, concepts and opinions expressed within the pages of the Good Soil Guide are those of Atlas Geo-Data and the editorial team, and may not in any way reflect the views, comments, concepts or opinions of our sponsors or readership. No endorsement of named products, services or techniques is intended, nor is any criticism implied of other alternative, but un-named,  products, services or techniques. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the Good Soil Guide, no warranty is given in respect thereof and, to the maximum extent of the law, the Good Soil Guide, its editorial team, sponsors, associated partners and contributors accept no liability for loss, damage or injury howsoever caused, including that caused by negligence, or suffered directly or indirectly in relation to the information and opinions contained in, or omitted from, this publication.

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