Four special half day grower workshops are being organised across England by the Soil & Water Management Centre and RASE in late January and early February to provide expert advice on repairing soil damage following the wettest year on record.
As well as focusing on practical remedial and tillage techniques to repair damaged soils, the workshops sponsored by HGCA and Catchment Sensitive Farming will provide topical tips on managing and maintaining farm drainage systems and guidance on avoiding drainage issues before they arise.
The past summer and autumn have shown just how much of a structural knife-edge many of our agricultural soils are on, points out Agrii senior agronomist, Andrew Richards who chairs the developing Soil & Water Management Centre at Harper Adams University.
With the climate as variable as its becoming we need to take every opportunity available to make good any damage caused by heavy machinery employed under some of the most trying conditions most of us can remember. At the same time, of course, we must do everything possible to improve the resilience of the soils on which our livelihoods depend.
To be held at Harper Adams University in Shropshire on January 28th, Lackham College in Wiltshire on January 29th and Morley Farms in Norfolk on February 4th, the initial three workshops will start with coffee and bacon rolls from 9.30 am and conclude at 1 pm following active panel discussions.
Places on the workshops are strictly limited to encourage the greatest participation, with details and tickets at 10/head available from www.repairingsoils.eventbrite.co.uk.
A parallel free workshop is also being held at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire for all those attending the annual Agrii spring farming event of equipment displays, seminars and technical clinics on February 7th.