Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health

  • 10 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Slades House Country Inn, Sladesbridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6JB
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Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health

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

There will also be a practical session (including a farm visit) introducing soil organisms and their role in soil health together with the opportunity to study some of these organisms and particularly earthworms in the field.

Bring some worms from your own farms, have them identified and added to the national database

 10.15 Refreshments 

 10.30 Introduction and Countryside Stewardship update

Kate Allingham, CSFO

 11.00 Soil health and organic matter

  • what is soil and soil biodiversity?
  • the soil biota and their function in nutrient cycling, pests and diseases and structure generation
  • the role of carbon and impact of tillage

Karl Ritz, University of Nottingham

 11.50 Discussion

12.00 The role of earthworms in agricultural systems
  • species within the British earthworm fauna
  • how earthworms contribute to soil processes
  • farming practices to encourage healthy earthworm populations

    David Jones, Natural History Museum

 12.30 Lunch

 13.00 Field visit to Trevilder Farm (bring right clothing)

  • How to find evidence of soil biota activities
  • What does a healthy soil look like?
  • Earthworm survey - what worms do you have and what is their role in your soils?

    David Jones, Karl Ritz and Derek Allison, Trevilder Farm

 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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