Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 14 Jan 2016
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Manor Farm, Strixton, Wellingborough, Northants NN29 7PA
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  • Soil management workshop including a practical session

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Managing soils for profit and restoration

You are invited (and particularly farmers in the Nene and Welland catchments), 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 look at your own soils.

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.

Georgina Wallis, 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
Alastair Leake, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

12.00 Discussion

 12.15 Lunch 

13.00 Soil structure -practical session

Field visit with tips for inspecting soils (thanks to host farmer David Hutchinson)

  • what compaction looks and feels like
  • simple tools to help you inspect and measure some soil parameters
  • infiltration, tramline management
  • identifying worms and their activities
  • remedial work
    • subsoiling
    • aeration and sward lifting
    • mole ploughing
    • bio-engineers
  • reducing erosion
    • SuDs, buffers, beetle banks etc
    • cover crops, inter-cropping
    • row orientations
  • connectivity
    Lynda Deeks, Cranfield University

    14.45 Discussion and wrap up

    15.00 Close

    Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

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