Acidic soils could be affecting growth on nearly half of Scotland's farms. A new report from SRUC analysed 273 soil samples from around the country. The results showed that almost half of the soil samples had a pH below 5.8. The optimum pH for grassland is 6.0 and for arable is 6.2.
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"Valuing Your Soils", is newly published guidance, which will help Scottish farmers, crofters and land mangers protect and improve their most valuable resources.
Creating a nutrient budget will help you to make best use of nutrients across the farm; it could save you money and reduce diffuse pollution risks.
Even technically efficient farms can find small changes to current soil and nutrient management practices that could make a big difference.
Anaerobic digestion (AD), is the process of biological decomposition in the absence of oxygen. The lack of oxygen inhibits the range of bacteria that would normally populate under aerobic conditions causing composting.