Royal Highland Show 2013: Aberdeenshire farmer wins soil award

A new award has been launched at this year’s Royal Highland Show to recognise the best soil in show.

Soil scientists from the James Hutton Institute have launched the award to highlight the importance soils play to the farming industry.

Taking the trophy this year was a sample submitted by Olivia Donald from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire winning because of the soils physical and chemical properties.

James Owen, soil scientist at the James Hutton Institute said the winning soil had excellent structure and texture in large part due to its high organic matter content. “This made it resistant to erosion and degradation, key attributes with current pressures on soils. The chemical analysis also showed a well-balanced nutrient content required for producing a range of crops.”

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