November Winter Soils Conferences

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The Soil and Water Management Centre based at Harper Adams University is running four conferences in November across the UK.

These conferences are all focussed on soil health and surrounding issues including:

DEFRA Soil Security programme – Following numerous reports on Soil degradation as a result of both man’s activities and climate change and the resultant challenges posed to the environment and food security the Government have responded with a vision to see all soils sustainably managed within 30 years.  To understand the problems, knowledge gaps and solution the government commissioned the Soil security programme which after four years work is publishing its findings which will feed into government policy.

Sustainable soil management – AHDB will be reporting back on their 5 Year co -funded programme with emphasis on encouraging measuring and monitoring of farm soil health.

Crop Nutrients – whilst there are different speakers at the East (Roger Sylvester Bradley) and West (Jonathan Leake) conferences with different papers the key messages are the same – we need to improve nutrient use efficiency – to improve crop performance, environmental and greenhouse gas mitigation. The only mention of production at the ELMS (The new proposed UK environmental payment scheme) is that fertiliser use reduction.

The keeping of nutrients within the field will be followed up Protecting soil, water and air – led by CSF.

AgroCycle  – an EU funded Horizon 20:20  research project  which has been looking at making better use of waste streams. Part of the project has been focusing on the use of Anaerobic digestate in terms of both its use as a fertiliser and its impact on soil health compared to more traditional organic amendments.

Farmer case studies   – as at previous conferences there will be local farmers describing what they have been doing to practically implement a more sustainable approach to soil management. 

Post Lunch practical sessions –We will have a few short sessions – Fendt/ Trelleborg – focusing on tyre technology and managing compaction, Kverneland –  will be looking at the importance of correct machine set up to manage soil structure. Soil Biology – the opportunity to look down a microscope and see what all the discussion has been about.

The conferences are happening as follows:

Tuesday 5th November, Harper Adams University, Shropshire TF10 8NB

Thursday 7th November, Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BY

Wednesday 20th November, Bishop Burton College, Beverley, HU17 8QG

Thursday 21st November, Throws Farm, Essex, CM6 3AQ

For further details and to book please see:

https://soilandwater.org.uk/

The conferences are kindly supported by:

AHDB, ADAS, Agrii, the University of Reading, Harper Adams University, Tillage & Soils Magazine, Agrocycle and Catchment Sensitive Farming.

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