Soils in Practice agenda

South

08.15
Breakfast & networking

08.45
Introduction from Farmers Weekly
Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly

09.00
Introduction from Russell Smith Farms
Robert Smith, Russell Smith Farms

09.25
The Great Debate: Soil policy & regulations – impact for Scottish farmers
Compere: Professor Chris Collins, NERC Soil Security Programme Coordinator
Guy Smith, NFU Vice President and Essex Arable Farmer
Stephen Briggs, Farm Manager, Whitehall Farm

    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
Controlled traffic farming
Steve Laroque, President, Beyond Agronomy

CTF is a menas 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. We hear from a globetrotting precision farming expert and Canadian CTR pioneer on its merits and how growers can transition into the system.

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

11.30
Practical applications of the Soil Biology & Soil Health Partnership
Dr Felicity Crotty, Royal Agricultural University

12.15
Lunch & networking

13.30
Practical sessions

• Physical and chemical soil components: nutrition, companion, organic matter & composts •

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

• Bugs & beneficials as indicators of soil health •
Dr Felicity Crotty, Royal Agricultural University

11.30
Practical sessions

• Physical and chemical soil components: nutrition, companion, organic matter & composts •

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

• Bugs & beneficials as indicators of soil health •
Dr Felicity Crotty, Royal Agricultural University

13.00
Lunch & networking

13.45
Practical applications of the Soil Biology & Soil Health Partnership
Dr Felicity Crotty, Royal Agricultural University

14.30
How a state-of-the-art UK soil facility is informing farming practice

15.15
Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to change