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  • 04 Aug 2017 08:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Farmers in western Victoria considered their neighbour's crops were looking better than theirs, so they hopped over the fence to find out why. The answer lay in the soil, protected by a controlled traffic farming system along with no-till. Read this article to find out more.

  • 27 Jun 2017 12:11 | Lucy Crockford (Administrator)

    Launching our new Agri Topics area for Members Only.

    A collection of primary and secondary research around agri topics written by researchers in the Soil and Water Management Centre.

    First post published (free for Non Members as an introductory offer): 

    The Impact of Upland Land Management on Flooding: results from an improved pasture hillslope


  • 19 May 2017 10:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Field Robot Event is an international competition intended to promote the development of robotic systems for agriculture being held by the Engineering Department at Harper Adams University on 13 to 16 June 2017. Competitors are required to build a robot that is capable of completing a series of tasks that are typical of the type of applications field robots may be used for. This year there are four main tasks; basic navigation, advanced navigation, field mapping and crop spraying.

    For more information and registration please visit the HAU site.

  • 23 Mar 2017 09:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) has just announced its annual conference to be held at Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise in Hertfordshire on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The conference is for engineers, scientists and technologists, farmers, growers and those in policy and sustainable development and will explore how carbon capture and emissions from agriculture can be more closely matched.
    Visit the IAgrE website for more information and booking

  • 13 Mar 2017 11:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have just had news of another two free soil management events in Somerset. The first on 23rd March starting at 7 pm, the other on the 24th March starting at 8 am. More information and registration with the full programme can be found here.

  • 02 Mar 2017 17:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just a reminder for anyone within easy reach of mid Bedfordshire next Monday evening 6th March that we will have Dr Ron Corstanje talking about the newly formed Agri-EPI Centre. This free to attend meeting organised by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers will start at 7.30 pm, more details from this link.

  • 25 Feb 2017 16:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier in the month I reported on the soils element of the project on Sustainable Intensification in Horticulture Cropping Systems but mentioned that there was a controlled traffic and precision farming element. We now have a "Research snippets and catch up" page for information of this nature, so I'm placing information about that there.

  • 13 Feb 2017 08:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Soils are in the limelight at the moment, so what better time to have a glimpse of how they are faring on a national scale. This is the aim of a project funded by AHDB assessing sustainable intensification in horticulture cropping systems.

    75 fields across England and Scotland have been surveyed, of which 76% were in horticultural production and 16% in cereal and general cropping. Predominant soil types were sandy and light silty and “medium” soils and crops included brassicas, carrots, onions, leeks, vining peas, leafy salads, asparagus and some orchard crops.

    Soil measurements were taken pre- and post-planting in both the topsoil and subsoil and included penetration resistance, bulk density and two types of visual soil assessments (VSA - see Väderstad’s topsoil guide).  Topsoil pre-planting VSA scores suggested that 45% of soils were in a “good” compared with 55% in a “moderate” condition, the latter meaning some improvement was needed. Post planting, these scores had changed surprising little, from 45% to 58% and 55% to 42% respectively. Well and moderately developed tillage pans had been reduced by only 8% from 71% to 63%, meaning that most tillage had not dealt with these adequately. On the other hand, many soils had been deep tilled when there was no evidence of a tillage pan.

    Of the 45 fields sampled for subsoil conditions, 26% were classed as “firm” pre-planting and 19% post-planting. Bulk density in the subsoil had actually increased post- compared with pre-planting, again suggesting that we are not doing too well on the subsoil issue either!

    This project also has a controlled traffic and precision farming element and we will be posting information on those in the near future.

  • 11 Feb 2017 17:21 | Lucy Crockford (Administrator)

    Representatives from the Soil and Water Management Centre at Harper Adams University attended a conference on Sustainable Agriculture in Indonesia in January 2017, read what they got up to here.


  • 05 Feb 2017 09:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We now have a confirmed programme for the two farm visits on 8th March in Norfolk. We will start on a farm operating a 10 m CTF system and move to the second farm (using a 12 m system) for lunch and a talk on soil biology before an introduction to and walk around the farm there. We hope you will join us.

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