Published Wednesday, 28th September 2016 in Farming & Water Scotland news
It can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch) of top soil, 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.
As part of the recently published “Valuing Your
Soils” guidance, new videos using case-studies of real farmers’ experiences are
now available on the Farming and Water Scotland website.
and grassland system case-study videos build on the success of the recently
published “Valuing Your Soils” guidance brochure that was developed to help
Scottish farmers, crofters and land managers protect and manage their most
valuable resource. The videos are no longer than 3 minutes each and can be
downloaded at http://www.sruc.ac.uk/info/120605/soil_and_nutrients/1688/valuing_your_soils.
Electronic versions of the Valuing Your Soils brochure can also be downloaded
from the same site.
In an arable
case-study farmer Robert Ramsay of West Mains of Kinblethmont, Angus, explains
how controlled traffic farming systems, involving set tracks identified by GPS
satellite links, can improve yields by protecting farm soils from problems such
on mainly grassland systems a video featuring dairy farmer Hugh McClymont of
Scotland’s Rural Colleges Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries, promotes good soil
management in an area with high rainfall. He stresses the importance of opening
up the stubble after maize harvest to maintain soil structure and reduce the
chance of surface water run-off and potential soil erosion.
brochure and accompanying case study farmer videos, funded by CREW (Centre of
Expertise for Waters) at the request of SEPA, were produced with input from
Scottish farmers, SRUC researchers and consultants together with industry
experts and guided by a steering group including CREW, SEPA, levy body AHDB,
NFUS, Scottish Water, SNH, QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish
will continue to be distributed and case study farmer videos will be played at
agricultural events across the country. Awareness raising workshops for farmers
are also being planned for late 2016 and 2017.
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