Soils in Practice agenda


Breakfast & networking

Introduction from Farmers Weekly

Introduction from McGregor Farms
Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms

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

Moderator: Professor Chris Collins, NERC Soil Security Programme co-ordinator
Helen Wilson, RAGT
Scott Campbell, Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year 2019
Jonnie Hall, NFU Scotland
Paul Flynn, Soil Association

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.

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

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

Lunch & networking

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

• 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

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

Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to change

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