Soils in Practice agenda

North

08.15
Breakfast & networking

08.45
Introduction from Farmers Weekly
Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly

09.00
Introduction from McGregor Farms
Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms

09.25
The Great Debate: Soil policy & regulations – impact for Scottish farmers
Compere: Professor Chris Collins, NERC Soil Security Programme Coordinator
Andrew Moir, NFU Scotland
Ben Barron, Leitfie Farms

    The detail on how delivering environmental and public goods such as soil health improvement will be incentivised is still up for debate. Will farmers be dangled a carrot or threatened with a stick? We hear the arguments for and against each with the audience having the final say.

10.45
Benchmarking your soil: reliable measures of a healthy soil
Joanna Cloy, SRUC
Jennifer Dungait, SRUC

*Attendees will be split into four groups of twenty or more for the afternoon.

11.30
Controlled Traffic Farming

CTF is a means of managing soil compaction by confining farm machinery designated lanes, providing a way for farmers to cut costs, improve soil health and reduce emissions. Increasing focus on soil health has brought CTF firmly into the spotlight in the UK.

12.15
Lunch & networking

13.00
Practical Sessions

• Maximising organic matter for Northern UK farmers •
Audrey Litterick, Earthcare Technical

• Controlled traffic farming for the UK •
Steve Laroque, Beyond Agronomy
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe Ltd.

• Practical application of the VESS Tool •
Joanna Cloy, SRUC

11.30
Practical Sessions

• Maximising organic matter for Northern UK farmers •
Audrey Litterick, Earthcare Technical

• Controlled traffic farming for the UK •
Steve Laroque, Beyond Agronomy
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe Ltd.

• Practical application of the VESS Tool •
Joanna Cloy, SRUC

13.00
Lunch & networking

13.45
Controlled Traffic Farming

CTF is a means of managing soil compaction by confining farm machinery designated lanes, providing a way for farmers to cut costs, improve soil health and reduce emissions. Increasing focus on soil health has brought CTF firmly into the spotlight in the UK.

14.30
Liming and the fundamentals of soil pH-crop yield relationships
Dr Jonathan Holland, James Hutton Institute

15.15
Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to change