iSQAPER Newsletter 18 September 2018
|Newsletter 20 February 2020|
Linking local soil conditions to recommendations for appropriate land management practices is an important function of the iSQAPER's main product - SQAPP the soil quality app. In our 14 study sites, many management practices are being trialed and evaluated to provide the empirical basis for those recommendations.
In this newsletter we highlight practices from three study sites in China, Estonia and Poland and include notice of an award that rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats.
The benefits of straw return, Gongzhuling China
Returning straw to the field, rather than burning it, improves soil structure and increases soil organic matter and nutrients.
Minimum tillage, Tartumaa, Estonia
Minimum (or reduced) tillage is now widely practiced in Estonia. Within appropriate crop rotations it can maintain soil structure, improve water infiltration and reduce compaction, fuel and labour costs.
How to improve and save soils in Poland
Land and Soil Management Award 2018/19
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