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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Soil Management

Agroforestry

Agroforestry

Tree Planting on farm could play a vital role in helping the UK dairy industry become net zero emissions by 2040. Agroforestry is not a new idea and has a long history ...

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Composting Farming Note

Composting Farming Note

Effective management of farmyard manure (FYM) to minimise the risk of pollution and maximise financial benefits requires a practical and cost effective strategy. Composti...

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Copper & Cow Health Farming Note

Copper & Cow Health Farming Note

Copper deficiency is a common problem where dietary intake is insufficient to meet the cow's metabolic requirement or where mineral antagonists levels are in excess. Wher...

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Copper & Molybdenum in Soils & Forage Farming Note

Copper & Molybdenum in Soils & Forage Farming Note

Copper is essential to animal health for a number of metabolic functions including growth, production and fertility. Copper levels in grass and forages are determined by ...

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Grassland Soil Compaction Farming Note

Grassland Soil Compaction Farming Note

Compacted soil can result in reduced plant growth and crop yield, impeded drainage and increased soil erosion. Forage grown in compacted soil can also have a reduced mine...

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Grassland Soil pH Farming Note

Grassland Soil pH Farming Note

The pH of your soil has a big influence on forage growth and the nutrient content of the plant. Incorrect pH will affect the availability of soil nutrients. This can resu...

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Green Manures & Other Crops to Improve Soil Health

Green Manures & Other Crops to Improve Soil Health

This Farming Note is the fourth part of the sustainable Soil Management Series. It explains What green manures are How these green manures and other crops benefit s...

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Herbal Leys

Herbal Leys

Planting a diverse mix of species as part of a herbal ley could help protect farmers against increasing weather volatility, whilst benefiting soil health, extending the g...

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Improving Soil Biology

Improving Soil Biology

In the busy day to day running of a dairy farm, it is all too easy to focus attention on the things that you can see and overlook what you can’t see. Soil health is one...

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Improving Soil Structure for Maize Farming Note

Improving Soil Structure for Maize Farming Note

Soil compaction is a major concern for this year's maize drilling campaign. We're all familiar with stunted maize around compacted gateways, but the past two wet seasons ...

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Introduction to Nitrogen – the issues

Introduction to Nitrogen – the issues

This is the first part of a 2-part series of publications covering Nitrogen. In this publication we look at the Nitrogen Cycle and where nitrogen is lost in the system. T...

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Making the most of Organic Material

Making the most of Organic Material

Slurries and farm yard manures represent a hugely valuable and often under- utilised resource on many dairy farms. Understanding their nutrient values could help reduce r...

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