Improving your soil organic matter

7th March 2016

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

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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




Sewage sludge


Incorporated Straw

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.