DiverIMPACTS case studies across Europe highlight why crop diversification strategies have been successful and what challenges needed to be overcome to achieve success.
The final report for Innovative Farmers field lab trials which aimed to determine the impacts of living mulches on cash crop yields and weed composition.
Recording of an Organic Growers Alliance's Organic Matters 22 conference session exploring stockfree organic standards and carbon sequestration, mobile green manures, Organic-PLUS trials on fertility-building inputs, grower experiences, and featuring discussions on research priorities.
FiBL booklet offering a view on soil fertility from different angles to stimulate new thinking about a sustainable relationship to the soil.
This publication from the Landworkers' Alliance highlights what pioneers of agroecology in the UK are doing to create a productive and sustainable agriculture.
Footage of a discussion held at Groundswell 2022, organised by Agricology, about the impacts of reduced nitrogen use and ways in which farmers are moving away from high input systems.
Practice abstract created as part of the DiverIMPACTS project outlining some of the many advantages to more complex mixtures of leguminous leys and some of the challenges and key practical considerations.
This webinar (part of the 2021 Northern Real Farming Conference and hosted by the Soil Association) explores growing a low growing permanent cover crop such as small white clover to help shade out weeds and provide fertility for the rotation.
Abstract created as part of the DiverIMPACTS project, outlining outcomes from strip cropping experiments and practical recommendations for designing and managing effective strip systems.
A Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership case study expaining the scorecard that has been developed to help farmers measure and manage soil health and detailing some test results that reveal interesting insights into different management systems and their impact.
A Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership case study explaining the scorecard that has been developed to help farmers measure and manage soil health, and detailing results from a long-term experimental site at Harper Adams University, which is investigating the impact of adding organic material at recommended rates on soil and crop quality in a predominantly arable rotation.
A GREATsoils factsheet detailing the main green manure species suitable for use in high value vegetable and salad rotations and summarising benefits they can bring
Organic Grower article explaining a system German grower Johannes Storch created using cover crops, grass and silage as mulch and the MulchTec planter he and his team invented to plant through the mulch.
Recording of an online workshop organised by CFE on water, soils, wildlife, and on-farm profit and featuring Phil Jarvis, Farm Manager at the GWCT Allerton Project, who talks about activities they have undertaken on the farm and in the wider catchment to improve water quality and soil health.
Recording of a virtual event held as part of Cereals LIVE 2020 - a collaboration between Agricology, CFE and the NIAB team that came in part live from the NIAB Innovation Farm - digging mini soil pits to look at the impact of different leys and covers.
This is part 1 and 2 of a collaborative 2-part series of virtual events exploring establishment, management, soil health, grazing and ensiling in relation to herbal leys.
This Nuffield Report is the result of arable farmer David Walston's explorations of why some soils are more productive than others and the best ways to improve them.
Herbal leys with a diverse range of species can help resolve soil fertility problems, making forage legume mixtures hard to resist.
Integrating leys in arable rotations can provide multiple benefits including weed management, soil health and pollinator habitat provision.
This resource looks at the practicalities of introducing pasture-fed livestock systems, the benefits and draw-backs of adoption with case studies and links
This abstract explores how the organic practice of using diverse rotations to reduce pest and disease levels in following crops can be applied on non-organic farms.
Part two of two detailed informal articles looking at the practicalities of applying a no-till system in an organic horticultural operation and how it relates to soil health.
ORC Bulletin article reporting on farmers that have been combining diverse leys with livestock and some of the pros and cons of this practice revealed as part of the DiverIMPACTS project.