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Last updated: 23 Jul 2014

CFE Soils cover_457_644The CFE Soil management for your farm business” guide can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

Below is a range of links to further advice and guidance on soil management.

Soil Type

The key to good soil management is to understand the soil types on your farm. This can vary dramatically across a holding and it is important that where there is variation it is managed appropriately.

Soil can be classified in the five broad groups shown in this diagram.

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Ploughed soil_800_600Find out more about your soil:

Search for your soil type by putting your location into Soilscapes

The mySoil app gives you access to a comprehensive European soil properties map within a single app. Discover what lies beneath your feet and help us to build a community dataset by submitting your own soil information.

Useful links for further information on Soil Management are here:

EBLEX Better Returns encourages English beef and sheep producers to evaluate your businesses to identify where improvements can be made in terms of cost reduction, environmental impact and animal performance. Information on soils can be found in the EBLEX booklets: Improving pasture for Better Returns and Improving soils for Better Returns

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LEAF Simply Sustainable Soils offers Six Simple Steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health and long-term sustainability of your land

Use the Visual Soil Assessment technique and guide to carry out an accurate and reliable assessment of the soils on your farm as well as take steps towards rectifying potential problems and enhancing your soil environment.

The Think Soils manual is a practical guide to soil assessment.

Use the National Soil Resources Institute Information Paper to interpret the National Soil Map and Soil Classification.

Catchment Sensitive Farming offers free advice and training to reduce diffuse water pollution from farming and claim for grants under the Capital Grant Scheme.

The What’s In Your Backyard (WIYBY) tool will help you get an idea of what environmental state the water bodies around and through your land are in, guidance on using the tool can be found here. 070415

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