Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils


  • 07 Nov 2018
  • 08:30 - 15:30
  • Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
  • 7


Annual Winter Conference
Organised by Harper Adams Soil & Water Management Centre

6 BASIS and 2 NRoSO points will be available for this conference

REGISTRATION is now closed


08.30  Light refreshments

09.00  Welcome

09.10 Brexit - 5 months to go & where are we???

Speakers: Luke Crossman, AHDB and Rebecca Hesketh, NFU

Luke and Rebecca will look at where Brexit discussions have got to and what this will mean for UK farming and farmers. With an Agriculture Bill passing through parliament that sets out the framework for a future domestic agricultural policy, what are the priorities for ensuring we have a thriving domestic farming sector post Brexit?

9.55 Soil structural condition in horticulture systems

Speakers: Paul Newell-Price, ADAS

Paul will describe the outcome of an AHDB project that looked at the structural condition of horticultural soils before and after planting and how the data have been used to establish baseline information on typical soil management practices.

10.30 Break

10.50 Managing soils to retain nutrients and address diffuse pollution issues

Speakers: Andrew Lovett, University of East Anglia & Lucy Crockford, Harper Adams University

Is it possible to reduce diffuse pollution whilst maintaining a sustainable farming business? Andrew will describe how the four Demonstration Test Catchments (DTC) are providing evidence of how diffuse pollution from agriculture can be cost-effectively controlled to improve and maintain water quality, while Lucy will identify the on-farm sources of diffuse pollution.

12.00  The science behind cover cropping

Speaker: Paul Lewis, Harper Adams University

Too many cover crops have been sold and/or planted inappropriately. Do they really have a place in UK farming? Paul will reveal the science that will help you decide.

12.40  Quick-fire commercials

Jon Telfer, Lancrop Laboratories

Jamie Stotzka, Plantworks

13.00  Lunch

13.45  Farmer Case Studies

John Chinn, of Cobrey Farms will be describing how they have designed their field planting of asparagus and other crops to address dirty water run-off, including grassed water ways.

Tim Ashton of Soulton Hall will talk about managing diffuse pollution, from the point of view of no-till on his farm, and will do some "crystal ball" gazing in terms of the potential impact of Brexit on the farm's management

14.30  The role of local water companies in addressing diffuse pollution issues

Speaker: Ben Young, Severn Trent

Projects being run by the regional water company to help farmers address diffuse pollution issues will be described with case studies being presented as examples.

15.15  Discussion

15.30  Optional:

Introduction and Poster session about the AGrocycle project and its biofertiliser potential. (This will be held in the same room as the conference)
(please indicate if you would or would not like to attend this session by ticking the relevant box when registering)

Time of departure is flexible but session will end at 17.00

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