Principles of soil management for better crops
Individuals who wish to understand the essentials of good soil management and improve their on-farm cultivation decisions. The principles addressed are relevant across all crops. Discussions will be adapted to the technical issues of most interest to participants.
Awareness of the subject matter recommended
Dates & locations
30th January 2018, Cambridge
£225 + VAT
A one day classroom and field-based course
10 BASIS points; 1 NRoSO point
Paul Newell Price, Senior Soil Scientist, ADAS UK Ltd
Classroom module 1 (half day) – The principles of good soil management:
- management opportunities for/limitations of different soil types (including hand texturing – shared experience and practice);
- crop rotations and cultivations for contrasting soil types;
- factors that cause and influence soil variability in space and time, as well as on-farm management practices to deal with these factors;
- the importance of soil organic matter and how to maintain/enhance levels.
Field module 2 (half day) – Practical soil assessment:
- soil type identification and interpretation;
- visual soil evaluation of the soil structural effects of compaction, and management practices to improve soil structural conditions;
- assessing soils in relation to previous management;
- practices to improve soil fertility and productivity;
- investigating the effects of different cultivation systems on soil conditions;
- the need for under-drainage systems and secondary mole drainage.
Trainers are accredited by ARTIS
Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate