Soil Guidance

A wide variety of publicly available (online) soil management guidance has developed over the last twenty years to help farmers measure, monitor, manage and improve their soils.  It has been developed and promoted by a wide variety of organisations - Defra, NGOs, trade bodies – even supermarkets.

We have looked to collate and present a library of the most recent and authoritative of these resources alongside relevant background detail (date, organisation responsible etc.) here:

Improving Soils for Better Returns

2018

AHDB

Advice for avoiding and reducing compaction due to livestock.

Soil Assessment Methods

2016

AHDB

Information on methods for evaluating soil health.

Better Soil and Grassland Management for Scottish Beef and Lamb Producers

2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)

Guidance for soil and grassland.

Simply Sustainable Soils

2011

LEAF

A guide to assessing soil quality.

Think Soils Manual

2007

EA / AHDB

The ‘think soils’ manual is a practical guide to soil assessment.

Great Soils

2007

AHDB

Helping you protect your soil and improve its productivity. 

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