The benefits of sheep in arable rotations
The benefits of mixed farming for arable farmers are many, but are not always obvious. The impact of having animals on the land in improving soil
health and nutritional status cannot be underestimated, and has the potential to reap longer term financial benefits in following crops.
The soil health scorecard
An Excel-based tool uses soil analysis results for core soil health indicators and compares them to typical ranges for UK soil types and climate regions
ASDA Soil Health Assessment Guide
Soil Health Assessment Guide, developed by NIAB and the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership, in a video from 2020 and then follows up with how this has worked in practice over the past 12 months with a video presentation filmed in June 2021.
The Guide is available here to download.
If you are thinking of deploying biomass crops as part of crop diversification strategies on farm then you might want to access the latest info and resources through this independent project site. Envirocrops is a collaborative development between the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Kevin Lindegaard of Crops for Energy, NFU Energy and software developer Calvium.
Managing soils for a sustainable future on mixed farms
Part of the soil health initiative from CFE offering advice that builds upon existing practices, farming system, soil type, climate, cropping etc. Giving all farmers guidance to enhance both productivity and soil health.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ): Record Keeping and My Farm Business
Step-by-step guide to NVZ record keeping allows farmers to follow the regulations for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ), and reduce nitrate losses from fertilisers and manures.
Sustainable soil management in the UK: a survey of current practices and how they relate to the principles of regenerative agriculture
In this article, Jaworski et al. carry out a national-scale survey of sustainable soil management practices in the UK, and how effectively the practices are being combined to contribute to the five principles of regenerative agriculture to restore soil health.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund: The Great Grazing Guide
A 32-page booklet has been created in response to the high increase in input costs, notably fertiliser prices, that the UK farming industry has experienced over the past year, and looks at a range of techniques and methods, including those from regenerative and grazing management techniques.