A chance to get down and dirty with your soils: New app to monitor soil health

The latest soil science shows we can rebuild healthy soils through clever management of land. We know good management relies on good data. For farmers to act now we must be able to understand and monitor our own soils taking into account biology, physics and chemistry of the soils.

Sectormentor for Soils is an app that helps farmers monitor the health of their soils. With the app it’s easy to record observations out in the field and then analyse soil health back home on the computer. This is a chance to get down and dirty, to dig in, to smell, feel, touch your soils and see what they are made of. The app is created by farmers, for farmers, so it’s simple to use and does just what we need, no faff.

The app works with a series of visual soil tests chosen in collaboration with the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and soils advisor Niels Corfield. We also have a community forum where everyone can share their results and work together to understand how to improve soil health on our farms. We aim to enable farmers around the country to understand the health of their soils today and how they can improve soil health on their farm.

We have created a freely accessible soil test guide with all the details you need to do each test. You can also read case studies of farmers already using the app on our blog. If you’re interested in soil monitoring we would love to hear from you!