Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soil&Water2018 - Throws Farm, Essex

  • 14 Nov 2018
  • 08:30 - 15:30
  • Throws Farm Conference Centre, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3AQ
  • 80

Registration

  • If you find you can't register as a member, please contact Andrew Richards for the code to register at member rate with this ticket.
  • Registration for Smart Agri members by midnight on 14th October.
  • Tickets available until midnight on 14th October 2018.
  • Free ticket for speakers and sponsors. Registration code required

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Soil&Water2018

Annual Winter Conference
Harper Adams Soil & Water Management Centre

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for this conference

Early bird registration available until midnight on 14th October

Programme

(subject to small changes)

08.30  Light refreshments

09.00  Welcome

09.10 Brexit - 5 months to go & where are we???

Speaker: Sarah Baker, AHDB + input from the NFU

Sarah 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/Lizzie Sagoo, ADAS

Paul/Lizzie 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: Richard Cooper, 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.

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

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.

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

Speaker: Representative from Anglian 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

Also present and sponsoring the conference   
       

Harper Adams University: Lee Williams
Business Development Officer
t: 01952 815244

Site Admin: Tim Chamen
E-mail: tim@ctfeurope.eu
t: 01525 405121/Mob 07714 206048

Events organiser: Tim Chamen
t: 01525 405121 m: 07714 206048
E-mail: tim@ctfeurope.eu


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