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;
Explore the impact of cultivation, cropping and fertilisers on soil function, how to restore soil health and build resilience into farming.
Understanding the role that cover crops play in nutrient recycling, soil formation, water holding, Carbon sequestration and soil health.
Regenerating soil Carbon stocks can deliver a range of benefits to the farmer, the landscape and the supply chain, and is central to sustainability.
Sustainable soil and crop practices can change soil fertility and natural crop protection, which require changes in conventional agronomy.
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.
Sustainability gains at farm level deliver major benefits to the entire supply chain and are central to achieving the goal of Zero Carbon Food.
Changing practices at field scale can influence entire landscapes, the resources they contain and the communities they support.
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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