College course gives soil advice

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY is to offer a four-day course in soil management in response to EU legislation requiring farmers to have formal soil management plans.

The Soil and Water Management Certificate is to be launched at Cereals 2004 and will be accredited by BASIS.

The course will be run at the National Soil Resources Institute within Cranfield University at Silsoe.

Starting in November 2004 the course is aimed at farmers and land advisers who will need to produce farm development plans under the new cross-compliance legislation.

The course will cover six areas:

  • Soils and good agricultural and environmental practice

  • Soil management: tillage, traction and compaction

  • Soil water management

  • Nutrient and organic manure management

  • Risk assessment

  • Farm management plans

The course is endorsed by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) with input from DEFRA and Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC).

On completion, delegates should be able to design farm management plans to meet requirements laid out in current legislation, implement the procedures themselves or advise others on how to do so.

For further information those interested should contact Inga Wells at the National Soil Resources Institute on 01525 863 321 or e-mail