Cultivating Soil Health
This field lab is investigating reduced tillage in organic farming, with the use of black plastic for weed control, to cultivate soil health.
Ploughing is a very useful method to help prepare seedbeds and control weeds. Unfortunately it is also associated with a decline in soil health, particularly in terms of earthworm numbers. In this field lab we will be investigating the impact of reduced tillage on soil health.
What are field labs?
Our field labs are DIY research trials, run with on farms and holdings across Scotland. We want to help you find out what really works, on your land, for your business. Our field labs bring land managers together with researchers to find real-word, practical solutions for tricky farm problems.
Each field lab group researches an issue proposed by the farmers and growers themselves, testing out results across their own holdings. Each group meets up to four times for over a period of up to two years to track the progress of the DIY trial and compare notes.
Find out more about our full range of field labs in Scotland.