Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils


  • 14 Nov 2018
  • 08:30 - 15:30
  • Throws Farm Conference Centre, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3AQ
  • 16


  • Free ticket for speakers and sponsors. Registration code required

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

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


08.30  Light refreshments

09.00  Welcome

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

Speaker: David Swales, AHDB + input from the NFU

David 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?

09.55 Soil structural condition in horticulture systems

Speakers: Lizzie Sagoo, ADAS

Lizzie 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: Richard Cooper, University of East Anglia & Lucy Crockford, Harper Adams University

Is it possible to reduce diffuse pollution whilst maintaining a sustainable farming business? Richard/Kevin 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.

12.45  Quick-fire commercials

Caroline Hobson, Lancrop Laboratories

Jamie Stotzka & Simon Taylor, Plantworks

13.00  Lunch

13.45  Farmer Case Studies

Chris Eglington and Ed Salmon will present complimentary studies, topics to be confirmed

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

Speaker: Richard Reynolds, Anglian Water

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 and close

Also present and sponsoring the conference   


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