Join Catchment Sensitive Farming and Innovation for Agriculture for an interactive workshop with Nuffield Scholar David Gardner to discuss how to improve the fertility of your soils with an emphasis on organic matter and soil biota.
Haile Village Hall
Cumbria, CA22 2PD
7th March 2016, 10.00 - 16.00
10.00 – 11.15 Session One – The basics of Soils and Soil Organic Matter
What are we seeking to achieve when we cultivate?
The three disciplines of Soil Science – physical, chemical and biological
What is soil organic matter?
Increasing soil micro-organism numbers
Compaction of soils and its impact on soil micro-organisms
Using organic manures to improve the soil
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 1.00 Session One continued
Soil organic matter and the workability of soils including its impact on energy requirements
Soil organic matter and its impact of nutrient availability including cation exchange
Minimising the loss of nutrients when spreading organic matter
Organic matter and its impact of water infiltration and water retention
Organic matter and its impact on weed control
1.00 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.45 Increasing Soil Organic Matter
Increasing soil organic matter using –
Cover crops and green manures
Reintroducing livestock to the arable farm
Fertiliser value of organic manure applications
Short term impact of nutrients in organic manures
2.45 – 3.00 Tea break
3.00 – 4.00 Application of Organic manures followed by summary of the day
Precision application techniques in relation to organic matter
Legislation in relation to organic matter
Food safety and the use of organic matter
Managing individual soils and the variable spreading of organic manures
Review of what we are trying to achieve when we cultivate and the impact that organic matter can have on our goals.