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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:41

Series of videos help farmers improve their soil health

A new series of practical videos to help farmers understand and improve soil health has been launched. These showcase easy-to-set-up soil demonstrations, some of which can be carried out by farmers and land managers in their own kitchens.

Working in partnership with Innovation for Agriculture (IfA) and Ernest Cook Trust, the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) team have produced a series of ‘Learning from the Land’ videos. The videos highlight the importance of soil health and include practical techniques to help improve the overall health of soils in the UK.

soil health farmersmainFarmers can easily see how soils work to improve crop productivity while protecting the environment and reducing soil and nutrient losses.

2018 Soil Farmer of the Year, Simon Cowell commented: “These videos are a great way for farmers to understand and know their soils. The farmers’ enthusiasm in the case studies; for looking after their soil is obvious, and will inspire and give confidence to other farmers to change their own ways of farming. In addition to improving their soil's biology; they have benefited the environment by reducing both water and air pollution.”
 
The series features episodes on:

Collecting soil bugs
Extracting soil bugs
The Soil Slab
Sediment and nutrient loss from soils
Holding on to soil nutrients
Soil structural stability
Soil Health - Stephen Briggs (IfA) explains the life beneath your feet and how to improve soil health with techniques such as cover or companion cropping
Conservation agriculture – farmer case studies showing how 4 farmers are improving their soils

To view the videos on YouTube click here: https://goo.gl/Vcujz3