Living Laboratory, Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network
- Long-term (60+ years) land use experiments with soil pH treatments and legume-based crop rotations with and without livestock.
Successes / outcomes
- Forage legume in rotations improve soil structure/health and reduce need for fertiliser
- Long-term soil pH manipulation shows optimal pH for crop yield/quality differs between arable crops
- This is linked to impact of pH on soil biology.
Methods / issues being explored
- Whole system approach
- Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
- Crop rotation
- Increased diversity of sward /crops
- Soil tillage and management
- Modification of organic matter inputs
Data being collected on
- Soil health
- Crop quality and nutritional value.
Methods of data collection
- Visual assessments
- Field surveys
Types of organisation involved
- Food specialists
- Agri- or forestry industries
- Advisory services
- Open days
- One-to-one contact
- Training courses
- Social media
- Used for Higher Education e.g. MSc course in organic farming.
Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in
Other organisations involved:
- SAC Consulting
Land use type: