Soil And Nutrient Network

SNN farmer groupMaintaining optimum soil pH, phosphorus (P) and potash (K) status, along with good soil structure, is essential to maximise yield potential.

Along with Farming for a Better Climate, SRUC is working with farmers across Scotland as part of a Soil and Nutrient Network (SNN).

Farms in the SNN are taking a ‘before and after’ look at actions to protect and improve farm soils and make best use of nutrients.

Even technically efficient farms are finding small changes to current practices that could make a big difference; click on the links below to read more about the farms and their actions:

  • Elaine Booth and Peter Robertson, Ednie Farm, Aberdeenshire - A low ground mixed unit growing OSR, wheat, barley and grass plus suckler herd 
  • Hugh and Alasdair Elder, Stevenson Mains and East Bearford in East Lothian - Neighbouring arable units growing spring barley, winter OSR and grass for 25 head of store cattle. 
  • Carolyne and Somerset Charrington, Treshnish Farm, Isle of Mull - Hill livestock unit covering 750ha 
  • J Duff and Son, Broomknowe, Brechin 
  • Adam and Matt Waldie, North Callange, Fife

Improving farm soils and making best use of nutrients can make your business more efficient, help to reduce diffuse pollution risks and demonstrate you are taking actions to reduce greenhouse gases implicated in climate change. For more information on how to reduce diffuse pollution risks and keep on the right side of the regulations, see the Farming and Water Scotland website.

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