ONE OF the world's leading soil scientists is coming to lecture in Scotland.

A two-day seminar being held on November 27 and 28 will be led by internationally acclaimed soil nutrition specialist, Graeme Sait.

He conducts seminar tours across the globe each year and trains soil scientists and is the author of two books and more than 300 articles. His weekly blog, Nutrition Matters, is read by thousands.

Some of the lessons shared will include understanding the mechanics of 'Nutrition Farming' and how your improved management of minerals, microbes and humus can turn around your enterprise.

Mr Sait said that humus is the cornerstone of soil fertility and in general terms, farming has 'lost' two-thirds of that, and he is an advocate of strategies which rebuild organic matter on farms. Mineral balancing creates disease-resilient soils and crops, he added.

Multi-species, cocktail cover crops can also be a powerful fertility building tool, said Mr Sait: "You will discover the many benefits of in-field crop monitoring, including leaf analyses and you will also learn how to use hand-held tools like the refractometer, the sap pH meter and K and N meters to provide invaluable instant feedback."

The cost of attending the two-day seminar – which is being held at the Universal Hall, The Findhorn Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Forres – is £195. More details from Andy Heath (