Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 04 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Eglington & Son, North Hill Office, Letton, Norfolk IP25 7PS
  • 7


  • Soil management workshop including a practical session

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Managing soils for profit and restoration

Farmers, particularly those in the local catchment, are invited to this free meeting focusing on how soils work, what degrades them and what you can do to restore them to better health while improving your bottom line. As spaces are 
limited, priority will be given to farmers in this catchment who can provide their CPH number.

There will be a practical session in the field (weather permitting) when we will provide you with simple techniques to assess the health of your own soils.

(BASIS and NRoSO points are available for this meeting)

10.15  Coffee/tea

10.30  Introduction – Soil issues in catchment and aims of the day.

Paul Sorrell, CSFO 

10.40 Countryside Stewardship soil and water capital items and land management options.

Paul Sorrell, CSFO & Simon Draper

11.10  Improving soil structure and reducing soil erosion

Soil compaction causes – arable, maize and grassland

Long term approach to avoiding soil damage and erosion
  • Reducing machinery pressures and weight
  • infrastructure and rotation changes to help avoid wet conditions
  • Managing wheels or tracks to minimise soil damage
  • Adding and retaining organic matter to improve soil structure
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

12.00 Host farm's experience of Controlled Traffic Farming

Chris Eglington, Eglington & Son

 12.15 Lunch

13.00 Soil structure -practical session

Field visit with tips for inspecting soils

  • what compaction looks and feels like
  • simple tools to help you inspect and measure soil parameters
  • infiltration, tramline management
  • identifying worms and their activities
  • remedial work
    • subsoiling
    • aeration and sward lifting
    • mole ploughing
  • reducing erosion
    • SuDs, buffers, beetle banks etc
Simon Draper, Simon Draper Agronomy

    14.45 Discussion and wrap up

    15.00 Close

    Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

    Site Admin: Tim Chamen
    t: 01525 405121/Mob 07714 206048

    Events organiser: Tim Chamen
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