Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soil&Water 2019 Yorkshire

  • 20 Nov 2019
  • 09:30 - 15:45
  • Bishop Burton College, York Rd, Bishop Burton, Beverley HU17 8QG
  • 72


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Soil&Water 2019

Annual Winter Conference
Organised by the Soil & Water Management Centre

Sponsored by(conference repeated on 21st November in Essex. See our events page for more details)

5 BASIS and NRoSO points applied for


09.30  Registration and refreshments

09.50  Welcome

10.00 Soil Security

Speaker: Professor Chris Collins, Reading University

How can we secure our supply of food using less land with lower inputs? Chris is the co-ordinator of a multi-million euro research investment to understand how soils resist, recover and ultimately adapt to land use and climate change. The Soil Security Programme hopes to fill these knowledge gaps by adopting a novel, multi-disciplinary, multi-scale approach.

10.30 Sustainable Soil Management

Speaker: TBC, AHDB

Soil physics, chemistry and biology are all interlinked but soil biology is not that well understood. AHDB have co-funded a five-year research and knowledge exchange programme to address the issue. Hear about their programme that aims to inspire and support growers in assessing and managing the health of their soils and the development of a toolkit that helps them to do so.

11.00 Break

11.20 Crop nutrients – knowns & unknowns, do’s and don'ts

Speakers: Prof Roger Sylvester-Bradley, ADAS

Roger will emphasise the wealth of information on the dozen essential crop nutrients, major, minor and micro; those that are deficient or plentiful, mobile or immobile, volatile or stable, damaging or benign. And he will advocate a more forensic, targeted, site-specific approach to their management, exploiting new monitoring techniques and recycled materials.

11.50  Protecting soil, water and air

Speaker: Steven Bailey and Jonathan Skidmore, Natural England CSF

Practical techniques to reduce soil and nutrient losses from farming – farmers working with the Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership to improve water and air quality.

12.20  Lunch

13.00  Commercial & practical session

Presentations from commercial suppliers and demonstration of soil biology

14.15  Farmer Case Studies

Two farmers from the locality will describe how they have addressed one or more of the issues covered by our speakers.

14.45 Agrocycle/Horizon 20/20

Speakers: Dr Simon Jeffery (HAU) and Andrew Richards (Agrii)

Simon and Andrew will report on an EU funded project that’s been looking at the impact of organic wastes on soil and plant health.

15.15  Discussion/closing session



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