Ceres Agri Services

Living Laboratory, Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Mixed
  • Arable and mixed livestock

Successes / outcomes

  • Found limiting factor/factors where normal analysis shows soil levels as normal, but crops and livestock still do not perform
  • Mapping of soil C:N ratios at field level
  • Use specialist soil analysis using a mix of SAC, ADAS and Albrecht

Methods / issues being explored

  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Crop rotation
  • Increased diversity of sward /crops
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Modification of organic matter inputs
  • Precision farming

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Yield
  • Costs

Methods of data collection

  • Visual assessments
  • Field surveys
  • Commercial laboratories

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Advisory Services

Outreach

  • Open days
  • One-to-one contact
  • Events/festivals
  • Social media

Contact:
Andy Cheetham
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07958 516894

Other organisations involved:

  • SRUC
  • Soil Association
  • SOPA
  • All were part of RISS group SCOCAN (Scottish Organic Canola)

Land use type:

  • Mixed

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