Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soil health under the microscope

  • 01 Dec 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • The Rolls Room, Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden TN17 4JA
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  • Free registration for workshop on soil biology

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Soil health under the microscope: 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 together with the opportunity to study some of these organisms in the field and with the use of microscopes. Please bring worms from your own fields if you would like these to be identified!

(As spaces are limited, priority will be given to those farmers entering their CPH number)

10.00 Refreshments 

10.30 Introduction - Tim Piper, Owley Farm

10.35 The importance of soil biodiversity and organic matter

  • the role of soil biota in creating and maintaining soil structure
  • nutrient cycling, including composts, manures, cover crops and waste products
  • effects on crop yields, pests, diseases, drainage and soil strength
  • the impact of tillage on organic matter and earthworms
Matthew Shepherd, Natural England
11.25 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

12.00 Discussion - Tim Piper

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Soil biology practical session

  • Earthworms, their role and identification
  • Soil organisms under the microscope
David Jones
Matthew Shepherd

14.15 Countryside Stewardship and soil issues

  • funding opportunities for cover crops
  • funding for farm infrastructure projects

Emma Wood, CSFO

14.45 Discussion - Tim Piper

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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