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Tackling Saturated Soils – Practical SRUC Event at Oatridge Focuses on Drainage, Aeration and Reseeding

Published Wednesday, 9th January 2013 in SAC Consulting news

An open event planned for SRUC’s Oatridge campus on January 24th aims to help farmers facing the problems of waterlogged soils.

The public recognise saturated soils can lead to  flood warnings, but those needing to grow crops or feed livestock want to know how to tackle a serious problem with long term consequences for their businesses. From 10.00 am staff from SAC Consulting, a division of SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, have arranged a series of practical seminars and displays addressing soil drainage, aeration and grassland reseeding.

Supported by Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Farmer magazine the event will try to help farmers answer the question “what must I do to rejuvenate my water logged, heavily poached, grassland fields?”. While most producers are aware that they need to aerate or open up their soil in some way they are confused with the wide range of techniques and implements available. A range of experts and equipment will be available for them to meet and discuss at their leisure.

Sheltered under the Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Oatridge SAC Consulting staff and their colleagues from SRUC Research have organised practical seminars on basic soil science and drainage. These will be repeated morning and afternoon. SAC Consulting experts on reseeding and grassland management will be available to discuss poaching and other issues on sodden grazing land. Meanwhile trade representatives and indoor static displays will be situated around the venue. Catering is also available.

This event is part-funded by Scottish Government as part of its public good, veterinary and advisory services. SRUC also acknowledges the support of Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council for knowledge transfer and exchange activities.  

For further information contact consultants Scott Murray 0131 535 3437 or Peter Eccles 01835 823322.

Event: SRUC Soil Aeration Event.
Date: 10.00-15.00, Thursday 24th January 2013.
Location: Oatridge Campus, Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, W. Lothian EH52 6NH. 

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