Soil and Water 2018 conference at Bishops Burton College


The Soil and Water conference at Bishops Burton college takes place on 21 November 2017.  Early bird registration is open until midnight on 28 October and 6 BASIS and NRoSO points are available.

Sarah Baker from AHDB and Rebecca Hesketh from the NFU will open the conference and discuss where Brexit discussions have got to and what this will mean for UK farming and farmers. With an Agriculture Bill passing through parliament that sets out the framework for a future domestic agricultural policy, what are the priorities for ensuring we have a thriving domestic farming sector post Brexit?

Paul Newell-Price from ADAS will talk about soil structural conditions in horticulture systems.  He will describe the outcome of an AHDB project that looked at the structural condition of horticultural  soils before and after planting and how the data has been used to establish baseline information on typical soil management practices.

Kevin Hiscock from the University of East Anglia and Lucky Crockford from Harper Adams University will talk about managing soils to retain nutrients and address diffuse pollution issues. Is it possible to reduce diffuse pollution whilst maintaining a sustainable farming business?  Kevin will describe how the four Demonstration Test Catchments (DTC) are providing evidence of how diffuse pollution from agriculture can be cost-effectively controlled to improve and maintain water quality while Lucy will idlentify on-farm sources of diffuse pollution.

Paul Lewis from Harper Adams University will speak about the science behind cover cropping.  Too many cover crops have been sold and/or planted inappropriately.  Do they really have a place in UK farming?

After lunch three will be farmer case studies and Andrew Walker from Yorkshire Water will address the role of local water companies in addressing diffuse pollution issues.

The conference, organised by Harper Adams Soil and Water Management Centre will close at 15.15.

Location:  Bishop Burton College,

York Road, Bishop Burton

Beverley HU17 8QG

08.30 to 15.30

Agrii staff and early Bird £40

Member and early bird £40

Non member early bird £55

More information and online registration: Soil&Water2018

Any questions please contact Carl Flint –

or Tim Chamen at


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