Soil & Water Management Centre

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Cover, catch or companion crops - what are the benefits?

  • 21 Jan 2016
  • 09:30 - 15:00
  • Salle Memorial Hall, Lynton White Institute, The Street, Salle, Norwich NR10 4SF
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  • Workshop looking at all the ins and outs of fertility building crops

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Cover, catch or companion crops, what they are and how best to manage them to gain the benefits

Farmers, particularly those in the local catchment, are invited to this free meeting on the increasingly popular use of cover crops to aid soil fertility and address diffuse pollution issues. Many farmers are now experiencing the benefits that cover crops can bring and this workshop will focus 
on the ins and outs of growing these crops and provide some first hand on-farm experience.

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

9.30  Coffee/tea

10.00 Catchment Sensitive Farming

Jennifer Love, CSFO

  • Countryside Stewarship overview
  • Soil erosion and run-off
  • Options to address water/sediment issues
    • e.g. sprayer or applicator load and wash down areas

 10.30  Cover, Catch and Companion crops

Brendan Paul, Agrii

  • What is the difference?
  • Cost:benefits of cover crops
  • Benefits in the rotation for pest, disease and weed management (including slugs and blackgrass)
  • Reduction in nitrogen losses
  • Green manures: increasing soil organic matter and fertility
  • Types of cover crops – short and long term
  • Companion cropping
  • Discussion

 11.15 The Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment                    Programme

Professor Andrew Lovett, UEA

  • Project objectives
  • The Wensum Alliance
  • Monitoring programme
  • State of the art measuring devices
  • Cover crops as a mitigation measure on the Salle Farm Estate

12.00 Lunch

12.45 Management of cover crops

Ron Stobart, NIAB

  • cover cropping objectives - identify your goals
  • selecting and deploying the right option
  • experiences on "in crop" and "rotational" management
  • findings on costs, benefits, pitfalls and yield responses
  • opportunities to discuss, participate and find out more
13.30 Short comfort break

13.40 Farm Walk

  • What impact have cover crops had on:
    • blackgrass control
    • recycling of organic nitrogen and phosphate?
    • building up of soil health and organic matter?
    • machinery choice and settings
    • crop rotations
  • Burn down timings and subsequent crop sowing
  • Costs and returns

Richard Cooper
Poul Hoveson
Morning speakers

15.00 Close

Cover cropping – the opportunitiesn a rotation

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