Soils in Practice agenda

North

08.15
Breakfast & networking

08.45
Introduction from Farmers Weekly

09.00
Introduction from McGregor Farms
Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms

09.25
The Great Debate: Soil policy & regulations – Impact for Scottish farmers

Moderator: Professor Chris Collins, NERC Soil Security Programme co-ordinator
Helen Wilson, RAGT
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 arguements 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

11.30
Controlled Traffic Farming
Steve Laroque, Beyond Agronomy
Charlie Reynolds, Farm Manager, Courteenhall Farm

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

• Cover crops for Northern UK farmers •
Speaker TBC, Kings
Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms

• Practice & interpretation of a soil sample analysis •
Chris Martin, Agrovista

• Laboratory assessment of organic matter and how results impact on crop nutrition strategies •
Philip Cosgrave, Yara UK
Caroline Hobson, Yara 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

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