Nutrient Use Efficiency & Soil Science

Understanding soil composition to deliver a sustainable agricultural system

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s soil and nutrient experts can provide you with the scientific and economic insight you need to implement sustainable solutions for your agricultural operation.

Soil science

We help clients evaluate the composition of their soil and implement rigorous soil management practices. We can help you improve water retention to mitigate flooding; reduce the impact of wind erosion; and support your fertiliser and nutrient decision-making, providing insights into how these resources will interact with your soil.

Our team draws upon an extensive knowledge of farm systems and agricultural policies. This ensures that we provide you with holistic analysis and advice, enabling you to use resources more efficiently while protecting the natural environment.

Efficient nutrient use

Using nutrients efficiently minimises financial costs and environmental impacts while ensuring optimal agricultural output.

Ricardo Energy & Environment can help you understand how different fertilisers and nutrients will interact with your soil, and how this will affect your yield. We will provide you with economic evidence to support your decision-making, highlighting the financial implications of introducing organic and inorganic products to your farm.

Our experts have a comprehensive understanding of the associated environmental quality issues.  We can support your planning decisions, delivering environmental impact assessments and provide leading advice on how to protect air and water quality.  Our soil science and nutrient use services include:

  • Nutrient management evaluation, review, planning and advisory services.
  • Environmental impact assessment of changes to nutrient use.
  • Evaluation of the nutrient losses off-farm.
  • Cost-benefit analysis of changes to soil management and nutrient use.
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of soil protection measures.
  • Soil carbon investigation and evaluation.

Hugh Martineau

Agriculture and Environmental Quality Business Manager

+44 (0) 1235 753 652

Hugh.Martineau@ricardo.com Find out more

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