Modern farming practices are feeding a expanding world population, but have major environmental implications that affect soil health, water quality and food security.
Early in 2019 the British Medical Association reported that food production was threatening the planet, and food consumption was the biggest single risk to human health.
A changing climate presents major challenges to food and water security. Sustainable soil management can have a major impact on climate change mitigation.
Achieving significant sustainability gains at farm level can deliver major benefits to the entire supply chain and are vital to meeting the global imperative of Zero Carbon Food.
Sand, silt, clay and organic matter define soil texture, and the implications this has on soil structure, aggregate formation, water holding, root development and cultivation.
Healthy, active plant growth requires access to over forty nutrients, and large volumes of water. Soil structure, organic matter and biological activity regulate this supply.
Carbon is the glue that holds soil together, regulating air, water and nutrient movement. Beneficial microbes convert Carbon into healthy, fertile, resilient soil.
What, when, and why to measure soil factors that affect plant health and performance. How to interpret the numbers.
The quality of agricultural soils around the world has been in steady decline for decades, slowly degrading our ability to produce food. Regenerating soil is a global imperative.
Explore the effects of cultivation on soil and sustainability, and the impact that cover cropping has on soil, water and food quality, building resilience into farming.
Balancing short-term gains and long-term benefits while maintaining profitability across the entire rotation, including the role of livestock, grass and rotational forage.
The transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture often requires changing agronomic practices, benchmarking, gathering data and monitoring progress.
Getting prepared, learning from pioneers, bridging knowledge gaps and managing expectations. Savings and gains.
Adopting sustainable soil management practices can build practical, financial, agronomic and environmental resilience in to farming activities.
The environmental impact of producing food is considerable, but reducing Carbon Footprint is just the beginning. The aim is Zero Carbon Food.
Healthy soils are vital to the farmed landscape and its ability to deliver clean air, clean water, quality food and much-valued natural capital.
Updates on field walks, farm visits, conferences, study tours and farm-focused field events with leading industry experts - the "Master Class" events.
Interactive on-line forms for generating a Sustainability Index and Farm Carbon Balance values, and in-field assessments of soil structure, cover crops, earthworms.
Making best use of soil analysis, conductivity scanning, soil health tests, cover crop assessments, yield maps, crop scanning, remote sensing and digital data platforms.
Metrics for soil health, cover crops, Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Sustainability and Farm Carbon Balance can be used to benchmark farms within the Landscapes programme.
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