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Assessing soil structure in organically farmed soils

Shepherd, Mark; Hatley, Damian and Gosling, Paul (2002) Assessing soil structure in organically farmed soils. In: Powell, Jane and et al., (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 143-144.

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This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. Soil structure was assessed in over 90 fields (organic and conventionally farmed) covering mixed, stockless and pasture farming systems. A combination of spade and an objective scoring system based on the degree of aggregation and porosity was able to detect differences between fields. On average, in the fields sampled, topsoil structure was slightly better on the organic farms though, even on the conventional fields, structure was unlikely to limit crop growth.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; soil structure; soils; farming systems
Subjects: Soil
Soil > Soil quality
Research affiliation: UK > Garden Organic (HDRA)
UK
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
UK > ADAS
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8384
Deposited On:17 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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