Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth

  • 24 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Westerfield Village Hall, Church Lane, Westerfield, Ipswich IP6 9BE
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  • Free registration for workshop on soil biology

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Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth

Farmers, particularly those in the local catchment, are invited to this free meeting focusing on soil biology, soil organic matter, use of crop residues, manures, composts cover crops and waste products. (As spaces are limited, priority will be given to farmers in the South Anglia (East Suffolk) catchment who provide their CPH number.)

There will also be a practical session introducing soil organisms and their role in soil health together with the opportunity to study some of these organisms with the use of microscopes.

10.00 Refreshments
10.30 Introduction and Countryside Stewardship

  • Land management and water capital items
Jo Hayward, CSFO

11.10 Soil health and organic matter - the role of soil biology in soil function, nutrient cycling and pests and diseases

Karl Ritz, University of Nottingham

12.00 Discussion and introduction to practical session

Jo Hayward, CSFO

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Soil biology - its diversity and impacts on the soil system

  • what do we want from soils?
  • adding fuel to keep soils alive
  • return on investment - crop yield responses
Matthew Shepherd, Natural England

Practical session
    • Soil life under the microscope
      • get to know what's going on under your feet!
    • Field inspections
      • get to see some of the bigger species and what effects they have on the soil

    Matthew Shepherd
    Karl Ritz

    14.45 Discussion - CSFO

    15.00 Close & Depart

    The event is jointly sponsored and funded by the Soil & Water Management Centre and Catchment Sensitive Farming

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