Interest in soil health is growing at all levels. The government’s 25-year environment plan, launched in 2018, indicated that future agricultural policy will focus on soil health and structure, with targets on soil health likely to be set when the Agricultural Bill is published. The testing of soils in relation to reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is under consideration. At grass roots level SAC consultants are noting a growing interest in soil health from farmers and increasing numbers of questions about what SRUC can offer.
Soil health is not just about having a good biological system (lots of worms, ample beneficial microbes to keep the pathogens in check)
There are also physical and chemical aspects, and to have soil in ‘good heart’ you need the biology (biodiversity), physics and chemistry in balance.
The Soil Health test kit is now available to order online. You will be invoiced once the test kit is despatched.