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Building soil fertility through better rotations in combinable crops
Designed for
Individuals who wish to understand how to manage rotations and build soil fertility to optimise crop yield, cost and margin.
Entry requirement
Accomplished practitioner
Dates and locations
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£245 + VAT
A one day classroom-based course
CPD points
To be awarded
Ron Stobart, Former Head of Agronomy Knowledge Transfer & Training, NIAB TAG

Classroom module 1 (half day) – Building rotational systems:

  • an overview of soil function including the maintenance of soil structure, the need for fertility and the value organic matter/types of organic matter;
  • the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of cultivation and establishment in arable systems;
  • matching establishment systems to crops and specific farm scenarios;
  • building arable rotations – the structure of crop rotations and how rotational intensity can impact on performance, e.g. in oilseed rape;
  • rotational performance – using long term data sets from large scale arable rotation studies to consider agronomic constraints and practical considerations as well as yield, cost and margin.

Classroom/field module 2 (half day) – Building system fertility:

  • why we need fertility and the approaches that can be used to build fertility and organic matter in arable systems;
  • the use of different soil amendments (similarities, differences and impacts);
  • the value and benefits of straw incorporation in arable systems;
  • cover crops – the process for choosing the right option and other aspects that need to be considered;
  • key soil indicators – structure, worms and assessment;
  • case studies of the performance of cover crops and soil amendments in long term projects – quantifying impacts on soils, yields and margins.

Trainers are accredited by ARTIS

Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate

“An excellent, well presented course. The size of the group was just right for good discussion and the facilities were first class!”

John Fairey

Seed Production Manager, Germinal Ltd

“The course has confirmed the direction my business needs to go in. I take soil fertility very seriously. I’ve looked at all the information and there is plenty out there, and this course has clarified what I need to do for the future.”

David Miller