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Healthy Soils
As an irreplaceable, physical resource, it is essential to protect and
nurture the soil if we are to continue producing crops under the
current agricultural model.
To help in this process we have introduced the
Healthy Soils service which provides essential information
to growers and agronomists to actively manage soil
resources and optimise crop performance:
• Measure and monitor soil health
• Maximise crop nutrition
• Reduce environmental impact
The importance of Healthy Soil
to the grower
Healthy soil is more resilient to harsh conditions such as
drier summers and wetter winters and helps to increase
crop yields, lock up Carbon and optimise production.
Benefits of a Healthy Soil assessment report
Using in-field and laboratory science, our detailed
analysis sets out key recommendations and advice on a
field by field basis. We analyse three key components:
• Physical – texture (sand, clay, silt fractions), bulk
density, compaction/pans plus water infiltration
• Biological – soil organic matter and “soil-life”
including carbon content and activity
• Chemical – presence of minerals/nutrients in
the soil, plus availability for plant uptake including


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