Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Managing soils for profit and restoration

  • 21 Jan 2016
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Lodge Farm, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5QB
  • 2


  • Soil management workshop including a practical session

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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. On this particular farm we will also look at some cover crops and how their controlled traffic farming system is standing up to the rigours of aliums and potato production!

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

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available

10.00  Coffee/tea

10.30  Brief introduction to the catchment

Simon Bateman, CSFO

10.45  Improving soil structure and reducing soil erosion &            chemical losses

  • Aspects of soil structure, strength, resilience and quality
  • The effect of adding organic matter on soil quality,nutrient cycling and sustainability
  • Potential & actual yields influenced by cultivation
  • Effects of tillage on soil health, erosion & chemical losses

Chris Watts, Rothamsted Research

11.30  Causes of soil compaction and means of managing it

  • How soil compaction is caused and its outcomes
    • reduced infiltration and increased run-off & erosion
  • Means of reducing and managing soil compaction
    • tyre choice and settings
    • understanding and using track systems
    • controlled traffic farming
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

12.15 Discussion

12.30 Lunch 

13.15 Field visit

  • cover crops in action - black oats, oats & vetch
  • simple ways of testing for soil compaction
  • what compaction looks and feels like
  • measuring water infiltration
  • tramline and traffic lane management
  • assessing worm numbers through their activities
                              Chris Watts

                              Tim Chamen

14.40 Soil remedial and protection works

  • subsoiling
  • mole ploughing
  • reducing erosion
    • SuDs, buffers, beetle banks etc

Tim Chamen
Simon Bateman

15.00 Close


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