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Essentials of good soil management
Designed for
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.
Entry requirement
Awareness of the subject matter recommended
Dates and locations
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£225 + VAT
A one day classroom and field-based course
CPD points
To be awarded
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

“A really good course that was pitched just right for my knowledge level. Mel Holloway is an enthusiastic trainer and the mix of field and classroom activities made this an enjoyable course. I hope that there will be a follow on course to develop my knowledge further”

Gemma Sparrow Technical Specialist Adama Agricultural Solutions UK Ltd

“Nathan's enthusiasm is fantastic!” “Excellent venue” “Enjoyed all of it - a good refresher on soil related matters” “Very practical course” “Soil texturing was a good 'hands on' activity”

Delegates from the Soils Foundation course, presented by Nathan Morris