Partnership scheme targets soil management

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Government's Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative are to collaborate on a soils partnership to support UK farmers and growers with current research and best-practice information.

The two-year programme of events will feature around 70 workshops, focus groups and conferences across the country. Most will have a cross-sector focus and be backed by management guides and information sheets, plus a dedicated soils management web portal on the AHDB website.

AHDB/HGCA research and knowledge transfer manager James Holmes said: "Despite the acknowledged best practice and dedication of UK farmers and growers, our soils are becoming depleted of organic matter, with adverse effects on their texture impacting on fertility and productivity."

AHDB chief scientist Ian Crute added: "Greater attention now needs to be paid to good soil management because of the interrelationship between productivity and environmental impact.

"This initiative will help to ensure that we make the most of a vital asset for increasing yields, as well as tackle issues of nutrient losses to water and emissions of nitrous oxide."

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