Soil & Water Management Centre

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This is the feed from news from the SWMC, NCPF and CTF Europe Centre. Only full members can add posts, so if you want to join click here
  • 05 Feb 2017 09:43 | Tim Chamen (Administrator)

    We now have a confirmed programme for the two farm visits on 8th March in Norfolk. We will start on a farm operating a 10 m CTF system and move to the second farm (using a 12 m system) for lunch and a talk on soil biology before an introduction to and walk around the farm there. We hope you will join us.

  • 26 Jan 2017 11:19 | Rosalie Burdon

    The SWMC makes sure you are up to date with current funding opportunities.

    Woodland is one of the Countryside Stewardship scheme’s priorities and funding is available to:

    -create new woodland (open 3 January 2017 - 1 March 2017)
    -support the preparation of management plans (application forms and guidance are available on GOV.UK , the submission window is open year round)
    -address tree health issues (open year-round)
    -improve existing woodlands (currently closed to new applications)

    Follow this link to find out more.

  • 17 Jan 2017 23:10 | Rosalie Burdon
    We just wanted to let you know that we have 16 workshops coming up over the next 2 months, 13 of which are now available for registration. These free to attend soil-centred workshops are scattered around the country, so please don't miss your opportunity to attend if one of them is on your doorstep.

    There will be another free soil event on 2nd March in Kent and then four visits centred on CTF farms, two on 28 Feb in Leicestershire and two on the 8th March in Norfolk, for which there will be a small charge. We will let you know when these are available to book a place.


    Tim Chamen

  • 09 Jan 2017 11:44 | Rosalie Burdon

    CROPROTECT is a website offering a quick reference guide and info on crops, weeds, pests and diseases. Phone-happy and so useful in the field!

    We find their info on black grass (Alopecurus myosuroides) particularly useful. Click here for management advice and here to find out more about the black grass resistance initiative. 

    We provide links to great resources such as CROPROTECT on our Useful Links Page. Be sure to check it out.

  • 19 Dec 2016 09:13 | Rosalie Burdon

    Defra announces new #NVZ designations for England, starting in January 2017   #NVZs #slurryspreading #farmers

  • 16 Dec 2016 21:55 | Rosalie Burdon

    Do you have a question about soil health or management? Ask us and we'll get back to you.

  • 11 Dec 2016 14:19 | Rosalie Burdon

    A big thank you to all who came to and presented at our latest event at Harper Adams! It was a great day of sharing experiences and knowledge on the effects and costs of spring cropping. Click here for a synopsis and the presentations too. If you missed this one, not to worry there is another in January 11th @ Throws Farm Technology Centre, Stebbing, Throws Corner, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3AG. 

  • 01 Dec 2016 14:28 | Rosalie Burdon

    We are updating the website, and exciting changes are coming. Please bare with us, it will take a few weeks.

  • 06 Sep 2016 17:01 | Tim Chamen (Administrator)

    Thanks to the cooperation of 8 farms and the generous sponsorship of Dale Drills, Smart Agri Platform, we now have all but one of the required sets of samples "in the bag". These will enable us to quantify yield and components of yield from the cropped traffic lanes. In turn, this will provide the background information that can be used in our calculators to predict the likely net yield response from any particular CTF system and its associated trafficked area. It should also reveal the loss in income from these compacted areas and allow us to determine the cost-effectiveness of different management options. Thanks again to Dale Drills for sponsoring this phase of the work and carrying out sampling on their own farm.

    We now however come to the next phase of the project, which is dealing with the samples. This will involve counting, threshing, recording, analysiing and writing up and ideally, some more sponsorship to cover this phase of the work. Please contact Tim if you would be willing to put something in the pot!

  • 12 Jan 2016 20:24 | Tim Chamen (Administrator)
    This was the opinion expressed by Julian Marks of Barfoots of Botley speaking at the Oxford Farming conference earlier this week and reported in The Press and Journal. After 12 years of pioneering the use of CTF to improve production efficiency while addressing environmental issues, I think CTF Europe has now been vindicated in its stance. Not only in that CTF got a high profile mention at the Oxford Farming Conference but also by such an innovative company as Barfoots. Let’s hope that this will convince the industry to further its efforts in making CTF easier to adopt.

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