Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

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

  • 20 Jan 2016
  • 09:00 - 13:30
  • Park Hotel, Denmark Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LE
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  • Soil Biology Workshop registration

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Soil Biology, Organic Matter and Structure - a practical workshop

Farmers, particularly those in this 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. 

Please bring earthworms from your own fields if you would like them to be identified.

09.30 Refreshments
10.00 Soil issues in the catchment and aims of the day

  • Update on pesticides in local ground and surface waters
  • Countryside Stewardship
    • soil and water capital items
    • land management options
    • infrastructure grants

          Robert Camps, CSFO

10.10 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

11.00 Discussion

11.10 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

11.55 Discussion

12.05 Indoor practical session

  • How to find and identify earthworms
  • Finding evidence of their activities
  • What does a healthy soil look like?

        David Jones and Karl Ritz

13.10 Lunch

13.45 Close & Depart

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

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