Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 19 Jan 2016
  • 09:00 - 13:30
  • Chapel Room, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU
  • 20


  • 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.

If this workshop is over-subscribed, priority will be given to farmers in this catchment who provide their CPH number when registering.

09.00  Coffee/tea

09.30 Soil issues in the catchment and aims of the day

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

Local CSFO

09.45 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
Jane Rickson, Cranfield University

10.35 Discussion

10.45  Introduction to soil compaction issues

  • causes and identification
  • reduction, management and alleviation
  • erosion and run-off reduction
Philip Wright, Wright Resolutions

11.15 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
  • remedial work
    • subsoiling
    • aeration and sward lifting
    • mole ploughing
  • reducing erosion
    • SuDs, buffers, beetle banks etc

      Philip Wright

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Close

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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