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Soil and Water Management Centre winter conference - Devon

Last updated: 01 Oct 2019

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 Soil & Water Management Centre's events page for more details)

5 BASIS and NRoSO points applied for


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 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

Event Start Date:

07 Nov 2019 09:00

Event End Date:

07 Nov 2019 16:00

Cost (£):



Bicton College, Devon