Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 01 Dec 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Hacheston Village Hall, Hacheston, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0DW
  • 3


  • Soil management workshop including a practical session

Registration is closed

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. 

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.

As spaces are limited, priority will be given to farmers in this catchment who provide their CPH number.

4 BASIS (E) and 1 NRoSO points available.

10.15  Coffee/tea

10.30  Introduction

  • Soil issues in the catchment and aims of the day
  • Countryside Stewardship
    • soil and water capital items
    • land management options.

Jo Hayward, CSFO

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 pressures/weight/poaching/operations in wet conditions/infrastructure changes/rotation
  • Managing wheels or tracks to minimise soil damage
  • soil residues, rotation, composts, cover crops, cultivations
Dick Godwin, Harper Adams University
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

12.00 Discussion

 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

      Dick Godwin
      Tim Chamen

14.45 Discussion and wrap up

15.00 Close

Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

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