Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soil&Water 2019 Essex

  • 21 Nov 2019
  • 09:30 - 15:45
  • Throws Farm Conference Centre, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3AQ
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Soil&Water 2019

Annual Winter Conference
Organised by the Soil & Water Management Centre

Sponsored by5 BASIS and 2 NRoSO points allocated


09.30  Registration and refreshments

09.50  Welcome

10.00 Soil Security

Speaker: Prof Chris Collins, University of Reading

Video presentation

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: Amanda Bennett, 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  Soil loss and erosion - impact on water quality

Speaker: Nigel Simpson, Natural England CSF

Nigel will focus on recognising soil loss as an issue and will suggest practical ways that it can be addressed and its impact lessened. Turbid drain flow need not be a given!

12.20  Lunch

13.00  Commercial & practical session

This session will show the wealth of wildlife that exists in soils and how best to protect it and soils in general by appropriate cultivation and by setting tyre pressures to maximise efficiency and reduce compaction. The key element of drainage customised to your farm will also be addressed (HAU, Kverneland, Fendt & Trelleborg, William Moorfoot Ltd)

14.15  Farmer Case Studies

Nick August from Oxfordshire will talk about the benefits of NoTill and cover crops as tools to sequester carbon, and the potential for payment as "public good" rather than WTO payment for income foregone. Simon Cowell from Essex has practised NoTill for many years and will describe how he has addressed one or more of the issues covered by our speakers.

14.45 Agrocycle/Horizon 20/20

Speakers: Ana Morais Natalio (HAU) and Andrew Richards (Agrii)

Ana 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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