Fertile soil is not only vital for the production of food, but it also plays a key role in the environment – as pollution prevention, by breaking down or reducing the impact of chemical contaminants and an important carbon storage reserve.
Soils are also important in nutrient cycling and regulating water flow and flood risk reduction.
Managing soils correctly is essential and these modules focus on good husbandry and ways to protect the soil structure.
Did you know that?
- It can take more than 150 years for 1cm of topsoil to form
- min-till cultivation can deliver savings on some farms of up to £80/ha per year compared to conventional practices
- it costs Local Authorities up to £30m/year to deal with the effects of soil erosion on roads and footpaths and water companies £55m/year in decontaminating drinking water of soils and phosphates.