Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Upcoming and past events

This page shows both future events and events held since 2013, either in partnership with others or from its own resources. Some may use the page to remind themselves about which workshop they attended, what presentations were given and who gave them. Others may simply wish to see the range of activities in which we have been engaged and to follow up on some of the presentations given, which are available on our workshop reports page.

At the foot of this page we include future events of potential interest which are being organised by Smart Agri Platform Members.

Upcoming events

    • 05 Nov 2019
    • 09:30 - 15:45
    • Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
    • 29
    Register

    Soil&Water 2019

    Annual Winter Conference
    Organised by the Soil & Water Management Centre

    Sponsored by (conference repeated on 7th, 20th and 21st November in Devon, Yorkshire and Essex respectively. See our events page for more details)

    5 BASIS and 2 NRoSO points allocated

    Programme


    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: Dr Emily Pope, AHDB

    Emily will speak about the Strategic Farm West platform which aims to integrate research and practical farming in a way that has the potential to change farming for the better. Trials are being conducted that test the results of research in a real farm environment and will communicate the full net-margin cost benefit of a particular strategy.

    11.00 Break

    11.20 Improving nutrient use efficiency

    Speakers: Dr Jonathan Leake, University of Sheffield

    Re-introducing grass leys into arable rotations to improve soil structure and nutrient use efficiency – how much do the arable crops benefit, is nutrient use efficiency improved and are plants and the soil healthier?

    11.50  Protecting soil, water and air

    Speakers: Philippa Mansfield and Ken Downward, 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

    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 (HAU, Kverneland, Fendt & Trelleborg)

    14.15  Farmer Case Studies from the locality

    Neil Harley of Cheswell Grange has reverted his farm from arable to grassland and legumes and established a beef cattle enterprise. He will explain his motivations and report on the ensuing benefits.

    Information about our second farmer shortly.

    14.45 Agrocycle/Horizon 20/20

    Speakers: Andrew Richards (Agrii), Ana Morais Natalio & Dr Simon Jeffery (HAU)

    Our team 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 

        

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 09:30 - 15:45
    • Bicton College, East Budleigh, Devon EX9 7BH
    • 29
    Register

    Soil&Water 2019

    Annual Winter Conference
    Organised by the Soil & Water Management Centre

    Sponsored by(conference repeated on 20th and 21st November in Yorkshire and Essex respectively. See our events page for more details)

    5 BASIS and 2 NRoSO points allocated

    Programme


    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: Dr Emily Pope, AHDB

    Emily will speak about the Strategic Farm West platform which aims to integrate research and practical farming in a way that has the potential to change farming for the better. Trials are being conducted that test the results of research in a real farm environment and will communicate the full net-margin cost benefit of a particular strategy.

    11.00 Break

    11.20 Improving nutrient use efficiency

    Speakers: Dr Jonathan Leake, University of Sheffield

    Re-introducing grass leys into arable rotations to improve soil structure and nutrient use efficiency – how much do the arable crops benefit, is nutrient use efficiency improved and are plants and the soil healthier?

    11.50  Protecting soil, water and air

    Speaker: Philippa Mansfield and Jeremy Sabel, 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

    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 (HAU, Kverneland, Fendt & Trelleborg)

    14.15  Farmer Case Studies

    Sam Walker, an organic beef and arable farmer at Stantyway Farm, Offerton has lectured at Duchy, and now has a higher tier Countryside Stewardship agreement and will talk about his approach to improving the health of his soils and farm in general.

    Andrew Hurford runs a dairy farm near Colyton and has made improvements to his farm buildings, yards, slurry store and parlour and introduced green bedding and a new manure handling system with advice from Catchment Sensitive Farming.

    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

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 09:30 - 15:45
    • Bishop Burton College, York Rd, Bishop Burton, Beverley HU17 8QG
    • 43
    Register

    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 2 NRoSO points allocated

    Programme


    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

    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 (HAU, Kverneland, Fendt & Trelleborg)

    14.15  Farmer Case Studies from the locality

    Angus Gowthorpe, winner of the 2018 Soil Farmer of the Year, runs a mixed farm on widely varying soil types. Angus has moved from ploughing through strip till to no-till and introduced a more diverse rotation, using herbal leys, cover and companion crops all to improve soil health. He is now trialing soil additives and integrated pest and disease management.

    Joe Dugdale, of Crathorne Farms, Yarm will talk about the schemes they are running to improve soil health. These include drainage improvements, use of imported organic manures, reducing or controlling traffic, direct drilling and the integration of cover crops and livestock into their arable rotation.

    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

           

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 09:30 - 15:45
    • Throws Farm Conference Centre, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3AQ
    • 44
    Register

    Soil&Water 2019

    Annual Winter Conference
    Organised by the Soil & Water Management Centre

    Sponsored by5 BASIS and 2 NRoSO points allocated

    Programme


    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: 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 (HAU, Kverneland, Fendt & Trelleborg)

    14.15  Farmer Case Studies

    Nick August from Oxfordshire and Simon Cowell from Essex will describe how they have 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

     

Past events

21 Nov 2018 Soil&Water2018
14 Nov 2018 Soil&Water2018
07 Nov 2018 Soil&Water2018
05 Jun 2018 CTF Knowledge Exchange Day
07 Dec 2017 Soil&Water2017 - Yorkshire
06 Dec 2017 Soil&Water2017 - Essex
05 Dec 2017 Soil&Water2017 - Shropshire
07 Jun 2017 Soil Biology - The Life Beneath Your Feet - Woburn
15 Mar 2017 Improving Your Soil Health - Thurloxton
08 Mar 2017 Visit to two CTF farms - Norfolk
02 Mar 2017 Improving Your Soil Health
28 Feb 2017 Visit to two CTF farms - Leicestershire
23 Feb 2017 Improving Your Soils - Cultivations
16 Feb 2017 Improving your Soil Health - Heckfield
10 Feb 2017 Improving your Soil Health - Itteringham
09 Feb 2017 Improving your Soil Health - Norwich
08 Feb 2017 Understanding and Improving Your Soils
07 Feb 2017 Soil Health and Catchment Sensitive Farming
07 Feb 2017 Improving your Soils - cultivations
03 Feb 2017 Improving your Soil Health - Ipswich
02 Feb 2017 Maize Production for Dairy and AD
01 Feb 2017 Improving your soil health
27 Jan 2017 Improving your soil health
23 Jan 2017 Improving your Soil health and cultivations management
20 Jan 2017 How healthy is your soil?
19 Jan 2017 Improving Soil Health
11 Jan 2017 Sustainable Soil Management - with a particular focus on spring cropping
12 Dec 2016 Living soils for productive farms
06 Dec 2016 Sustainable Soil Management - with a particular focus on spring cropping
10 Nov 2016 Drones for Farming conference
24 Mar 2016 A day exploring CTF in organic and conventional farm contexts
23 Mar 2016 Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) Training Day
16 Feb 2016 Managing soils for profit and restoration
28 Jan 2016 Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health
21 Jan 2016 Managing soils for profit and restoration
21 Jan 2016 Cover, catch or companion crops - what are the benefits?
20 Jan 2016 Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health
20 Jan 2016 Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth
19 Jan 2016 Managing soils for profit and restoration
14 Jan 2016 Managing soils for profit and restoration
01 Dec 2015 Managing soils for profit and restoration
01 Dec 2015 Soil health under the microscope
25 Nov 2015 Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth
24 Nov 2015 Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth
19 Nov 2015 Tillage Farming’s Big Challenge, Lessons from America @ Harper Adams University
19 Nov 2015 Soil health and organic matters: the role of the biological engine of the earth
17 Nov 2015 Tillage Farming’s Big Challenge, Lessons from America @ Throws Farm
11 Nov 2015 Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health
10 Nov 2015 Managing soils for profit and restoration
10 Nov 2015 Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health
05 Nov 2015 Drones for Farming Conference 2015
04 Nov 2015 Managing soils for profit and restoration
03 Nov 2015 Cover, catch or companion crops - what's the difference?
06 Jul 2015 River Eye Summer Farm Walk
30 Jun 2015 Re-thinking Agricultural Systems: A Farmers Perspective
17 Jun 2015 CTF 2015 - 2nd International CTF Conference, 17-19 June, 2015
19 Mar 2015 Cover Crops, Precision Farming and More… - Tweed, Aln, Coquet and Coastal streams (25)
12 Mar 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Rivers Test and Itchen (29)
11 Mar 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - Lower Lune Catchments. (52)
10 Mar 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - River Nidd partnership (8, C)
03 Mar 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Little Ouse
02 Mar 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - Duddon and Kent & Leven Catchments. (42)
26 Feb 2015 Nitrogen Management for Arable farmers - River Eye (39)
25 Feb 2015 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - River Nidd, Yorkshire
24 Feb 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - River Mease (56)
19 Feb 2015 Soil management for arable farmers - Upper Roding, Upper Lee & Stort, Mimmshall Brook (50, 55)
12 Feb 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - Pevensey (40)
10 Feb 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Mimshall Brook, Upper Roding and Upper Lee & Upper Stort (50, 55)
10 Feb 2015 Potential of No-till Systems for Arable Farmers
06 Feb 2015 Nitrogen Management for Arable farmers - Cam and Granta
04 Feb 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - The Waver, Wampool and Ellen Catchments (19)
03 Feb 2015 CTF and Precision Farming in Action
30 Jan 2015 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - River Eye (39)
29 Jan 2015 Nitrogen Management for Arable farmers - Tweed, Aln and Coquet (25)
29 Jan 2015 Precision farming and Nitrogen Management workshops - Hampshire / Sussex (G)
26 Jan 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - Lower Lune (52)
20 Jan 2015 Nitrogen Management for Arable farmers
20 Jan 2015 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - Perry, Roden, Tern, Worfe and Meres and Mosses. (3, 57, 58)
19 Jan 2015 Soil management for arable - Perry, Roden, Tern, Worfe and Meres and Mosses (57)
15 Jan 2015 The function, agricultural value and management of healthy soils - Eastern Rother
10 Dec 2014 Precision farming and Nitrogen Management workshops - Little Ouse (10b)
02 Dec 2014 Precision farming and Nitrogen Management workshops - Eden and Medway, Kent (59)
21 Nov 2014 CTF Member day
13 Nov 2014 Soil management for grassland/maize farmers - River Teme
06 Nov 2014 Drones in Farming
05 Nov 2014 Precision Farming workshop - Solway & West Cumbrian Catchments
04 Nov 2014 Potential of No-till Systems for Arable Farmers
31 Oct 2014 Soil management for arable farmers - River Nidd
28 Oct 2014 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - Lower Clun, Teme
19 Mar 2014 Repairing Damaged Soils workshop - River Mease (56)
04 Mar 2014 Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop - Northumbria - 25
25 Feb 2014 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Arun and Western Rother Catchment, Sussex - 41
19 Feb 2014 Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop - Bedfordshire - A
12 Feb 2014 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Stour, Kent - 37
11 Feb 2014 Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop - Hampshire/Wiltshire - 24
10 Feb 2014 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - River tern (49b)
31 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - North West, Lancaster - 52
30 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - North West, Keswick- 34
23 Jan 2014 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - Rivers Test and Itchen, 29
22 Jan 2014 Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop - Stour, Kent - 37
20 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - Yorkshire - 8
15 Jan 2014 Soil Biology and organic matter workshop - Bedfordshire - A
14 Jan 2014 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - East Riding of Yorkshire (6)
13 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - Northumberland - 25
10 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - West Midlands - 49a
09 Jan 2014 Repairing damaged soils - Cam & Granta - 51
19 Nov 2013 Be Precise Precision Farming workshop - Little Ouse South East
18 Nov 2013 Be Precise Precision Farming course - Anglia North
14 Nov 2013 Be Precise Precision Farming course - Chelmer & Blackwater - (H)
06 Nov 2013 Be Precise Precision Farming course - River Ribble (47)
05 Nov 2013 Be Precise Precision Farming course - Bassenthwaite lakes (34)

Events organised by third parties that are likely to be of interest

Thursday 31st May 2018 in Lincolnshire, UK

Mastenbroek's Soil & Water Management Demonstration Day

Please click on this link to find out more and register for the free event.

 

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