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It can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch) of topsoil, yet in the UK it is estimated that 2.9 million tonnes of soil are eroded each year, and soil quality is diminished by poor practices. "Valuing Your Soils", is newly published guidance, which will help Scottish farmers, crofters, and land managers protect and improve their most valuable resources.

This brochure includes useful information about Scotland's agricultural soils and practical advice outlining the upfront financial savings and business benefits of better soil management and the efficient use of resources. Action and problem-specific 'field-sheets' are designed for busy farmers with limited time for reading. The appendix contains more detailed technical information and research case studies highlighting evidence from current investigations of Scottish farm soils.

Alternatively, you can collect a printed version from SRUC stand at Royal Highland Show or from the Farming and Water Scotland stand at various agricultural shows around the country (dates here).


Protecting Soils using Controlled Traffic Systems with Robert Ramsay at West Mains of Kinblethmont

Chisel Ploughing to Open Dairy Farm Soil Structure with Hugh McClymont at Crichton Royal Farm