Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

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

  • 19 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Broughton Village Hall High Street Broughton Stockbridge SO20 8AX
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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. 

There will also be a practical session introducing soil organisms and their role in soil health.

10.15 Refreshments 

10.30 Introduction and Countryside Stewardship

  • land management and water capital items

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

Simon Jeffery, Harper Adams University

12.00 Discussion

Andrew Russell, CSFO

12.15 Lunch

13.00 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

13.30 Practical session including visit to a farm with mob grazing organic buffalo and the soils under their feet!

  • How to find evidence of soil animal activity
  • What does a healthy soil look like?
  • Earthworm survey - what worms are evident and what role do these particular ones play?

David Jones
Simon Jeffery

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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