There are many good reasons to attend the independent conference and field event – Groundswell – on the 28 and 29 June 2017 at Lannock Farm, Weston, Hertfordshire.
The Groundswell Show is run by the Cherry farming family for fellow farmers. The event combines practical demonstrations of no-till equipment and grass-fed, mob grazing and two days of world-class speakers on the topics of soil, livestock grazing, cover crops and no-till techniques.
Dr. Christine Jones – is a world-renowned Australian soils ecologist. Over several decades, Christine has worked with innovative farmers and graziers implementing regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, productivity, water quality and community and catchment health. She will speak on both days: ‘Grazing Management and the Humification of Soils’ (Grass-Fed Day, 11am) and ‘The Liquid Carbon Pathway’ (No-Till Day, 1pm).
Direct drills from a range of manufacturers will be on show, giving farmers the opportunity to compare and contrast each drill’s merits and chat to the manufacturers’ all in one place. The following companies will be lined up to showcase their kit: Horsch, Sly, Agri-Linc, Ryetec, Dale Drills, Weaving, Cross-Slot (Primewest), John Deere (P Tuckwell Group) and Simtech Aitchison.
King’s, the evnet’s cover crop partner, has ensured the drill demonstration field is set up with a challenging mix of cover crops for each drill to navigate during its test drive. There are three cover crop mixes to really test the drills.
A full day on reintroducing livestock in the arable rotation; a key principle in no-till.
According to the inspirational Jay Fuhrer, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Dakota, the three conventional principles of No-Till are: minimal disturbance of the soil, continuous cover, and diversity of rotations. He recently added two more principles: Keeping continuous living roots in the soil, and integrating livestock into your system. This year’s Grass-Fed day on the 28th June focuses exactly on this important aspect of no-till.
This new tent will be packed with experts giving seminars and showcasing experiments on soil health on Thursday. Scientists will showcase their ongoing research: Dr Jackie Stroud of Rothamsted Research will be conducting live soil tests on samples brought by delegates, and Cranfield University scholars will be showing results of their soil studies. Build your knowledge of the soil from Mike Harrington’s seminar “Understanding cover crop systems”, Jamie Stotska’s on “Understanding Mycorrhizal Funghi.” and Graeme Sait from Australia presents “Nutrition Farming Explained”.
Not convinced by the theory that less disturbance aids soil structure? The rainfall simulator shows explicitly the powerful differences of the impact of 2” of rainfall upon differently tilled soils. Bud Davis and Keith Thompson from Kansas, USA bring this impressive piece of kit and their careers’ worth of knowledge to Groundswell for the second time. Do not miss this!
Another visitor from Australia, Graeme is the pioneer of the ‘Nutrition Farming Approach’ and founder of Nutri Tech Solutions. He is author of the popular book ‘Nutrition Rules’. His deeply inspiring talks are held on both days of Groundswell. He will cover: “Improving Nitrogen Management” (Grass-Fed Day 9.30am) “Nutrition Farming Explained” (No-Till Day 8.45am) “Nutrition Farming Essentials” (No-Till Day 10.00am) “The Marvels of Organic Matter” (No-Till Day 4.00pm)
No-Till legends straight from the prairies of Kansas and North Dakota, with 50 years of no-till farming experience between them, Rick Bieber and Keith Thompson are a wealth of knowledge on all things no-till, cover crops and diverse crop rotations. They also happen to be a lot of fun.
The event location is: Lannock Manor Farm, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE; it is within a mile of Junction 9 of the A1(M) in North Hertfordshire on Wednesday 28th (Grass-Fed Day) and Thursday 29th June (No-Till Day) 2017.
Tickets available from Monday 6th March 2017 at £45 for Grass-Fed Day, £55 for No-Till Day or £85 (+VAT and Booking Fee) for both days from www.groundswellag.com