Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils


  • 21 Nov 2018
  • 08:30 - 15:30
  • Bishop Burton College, York Rd, Bishop Burton, Beverley HU17 8QG
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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

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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?

09.55 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: Kevin Hiscock, 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.

Managing soils session sponsored by:


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

Simon Taylor, Plantworks

13.00  Lunch

13.45  Farmer Case Studies

To ensure practical application we will again be having case study farmers sharing their experiences with each of the key topics presented.

Andrew Manfield of Hessleskew, will be talking about his experiences with improving the efficiency of nutrient applications and reducing the risk of wasting these expensive resources

Chris Baylis of Sir Richard Sutton Ltd will tackle the issue of Brexit and his plans for the business following our departure from the European Union

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

Speaker: Andrew Walker, Yorkshire 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

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