Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 16 Feb 2016
  • 09:00 - 13:30
  • Lady Margaret Hall, Welbeck Estate, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3NB
  • 4

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  • Soil management workshop including a practical session

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Managing soils for profit and restoration


Farmers, particularly those in the local catchments, are invited to this free meeting focusing on how soils work, what degrades them and what you can do to restore them to better health while improving your bottom line.

Please bring appropriate clothes for the field visit

If this workshop is over-subscribed, priority will be given to farmers in local catchments who provide their CPH number when registering.

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available

09.00  Coffee/tea

09.30  Soil issues in the catchment and aims of the day

                                                                             Des Kay, CSFO

09.45  Improving soil structure and reducing soil erosion and chemical losses

  • Causes of land degradation and declines in organic matter
  • Effects of tillage on soil health, erosion and chemical losses
  • Practical means of addressing land degradation issues:
    • soil conservation measures
    • rotations, composts, cover cropping

                                            Jane Rickson, Cranfield University

10.30   Discussion

10.40  Soil compaction & means of managing it

  • How soil compaction is caused and its outcomes
  • Means of reducing and managing soil compaction
    • tyre choice, inflation pressures & machinery settings
    • understanding and using track systems
    • controlled traffic farming

                                                           Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

11.15 Introduction to Welbeck Estate

                                             Ray Beck, Welbeck Estate

11.25 Field visit

  • Soil profile pit
  • Drainage design, installation and maintenance
  • Recognising and removing soil compaction
  • Effects of tracking on water infiltration
  • Measures to reduce run-off and erosion
  • Recognising the activities of “soil engineers”

                                                                                                   All

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Close



Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

Managing soils for profit and restoration


Farmers, particularly those in the local catchment, are invited to this free meeting focusing on how soils work, what degrades them and what you can do to restore them to better health while improving your bottom line.

There will be a practical session in the field (weather permitting) when we will provide you with simple techniques to assess the health of your own soils.

If this workshop is over-subscribed, priority will be given to farmers in this catchment who provide their CPH number when registering.

09.00  Coffee/tea

09.30 Soil issues in the catchment and aims of the day

  • Countryside Stewardship
    • soil and water capital items
    • land management options.

Local CSFO

09.45 Improving soil structure and reducing soil erosion

Soil compaction causes – arable, maize and grassland
Long term approach to avoiding soil damage and erosion
  • Reducing pressures/weight/poaching/operations in wet conditions/infrastructure changes/rotation
  • Managing wheels or tracks to minimise soil damage
  • soil residues, rotation, composts, cover crops, cultivations
Jane Rickson, Cranfield University

10.35 Discussion

10.45  Introduction to soil compaction issues

  • causes and identification
  • reduction, management and alleviation
  • erosion and run-off reduction
Philip Wright, Wright Resolutions

11.15 Soil structure -practical session

Field visit with tips for inspecting soils

  • what compaction looks and feels like
  • simple tools to help you inspect and measure soil parameters
  • infiltration, tramline management
  • remedial work
    • subsoiling
    • aeration and sward lifting
    • mole ploughing
  • reducing erosion
    • SuDs, buffers, beetle banks etc

      Philip Wright

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Close

 

Site Admin: Tim Chamen
E-mail: tim@ctfeurope.eu
t: 01525 405121/Mob 07714 206048

Events organiser: Tim Chamen
t: 01525 405121 m: 07714 206048
E-mail: tim@ctfeurope.eu


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