Soils in Practice 2019

The third annual Soils in Practice held two events and brought together over 250 attendees to hear from key industry speakers on soil policy and regulation, and how it impacts farmers, and controlled traffic farming. The conference included an exhibition, panel discussions, networking breaks and practical in-field demonstrations throughout the day.

The North conference was held at McGregor Farm in Scotland with almost 300ha farmed. McGregor Farms operates a sustainable approach to farming and the environment. Rotations are agronomically proven, focused on building fertility and soil health to maximise yield and reduce risk. Optimum crop production results are achieved within a cost-effective system.

The South conference was held at Russell Smith Farms in Cambridgeshire which is almost 3,000 acres through land acquisitions and tenancies. The majority of its land is free-draining and sits on light sandy loam soil overlying gravel or chalk, with small pockets of clay throughout the farm. Minimal tillage is carried out on soils growing cereals and stale seedbeds are used to grow the farm’s organic produce, for potatoes and sugar beet, deep cultivation is employed.

Soils in Practice is part of our commitment to helping farmers and the industry understand soil science and improve management through the provision of actionable technical information.

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