Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 10 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Risbury Court, Leominster HR6 0NG
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  • Free workshop addressing soil problems and means of overcoming them

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Management to improve soil structure and reduce soil losses

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.

Arrival from 09.45  Coffee/tea

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

Wayne Davies, CSFO 

10.35 Introduction to "Farm Herefordshire"

Kate Adams, Wye and Usk Foundation

10.45 Cross compliance in England relating to soils

  • Requirements of GAEC 4 & 5

Simon Draper, Indagronomy

11.05  Improving soil structure and reducing soil erosion

Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

Soil compaction causes – arable, maize and grassland

Long term approach to avoiding soil damage and erosion
  • Reducing pressures/weight/poaching/operations in wet conditions/infrastructure changes/rotation
  • Managing wheels or tracks to minimise soil damage
  • soil residues, rotation, composts, cover crops, cultivationse

11.45 Discussion and Questions

12.00 Soil structure - Introduction and practical session

Simon Draper, Indagronomy
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

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

13.15/13.30 Lunch and depart

Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

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

Events organiser: Tim Chamen
t: 01525 405121 m: 07714 206048

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