Soil Management Workshop

Date: 22 September 2014 Start time:

Loddington, Leicestershire

2 day workshop

Participants at this workshop will explore fundamentals of soil management with Professor Paul Withers from Bangor University. It is particularly suited to those working in the agriculture and food production industries, as well as others concerned with the fundamental resources and processes underpinning agricultural production and its environmental impacts. Topics will include: soil as a valuable resource; managing soils for future food and water security; soil management for food production; the importance of soil for biodiversity; climate change and soils; and countryside stewardship for compliance. 

Day 1

  • The sustainable management of soils - How we should value soils based on past mistakes and the future challenges for sustainable soil management -Prof Paul Withers
  • Soil texture assessment
  • Case study  – Do bioinnoculants work? – Darren Owen
  • Land use and greenhouse gas fluxes -The importance of soils for green house gas emissions and their options for mitigation – Dr David Styles 
  • Soil management research at Loddington and the lessons learnt - Drs Alistair Leake and Chris Stoate
  • Tour of Loddington farm

Day 2

  • Farming systems, soil management and crop production - Ron Stobart, NIAB
  • How different approaches to farming systems and soil management impact on soil structure, fertility and production – the arable farm.
  • Soil Management on the Livestock Farm - How livestock management influences soil structure and fertility and options for more sustainable soil management – the livestock farm - Debbie McConnell
  • Soils and water quality –Understanding the impact of soil management on water quality and catchment sensitive farming - Prof Paul Withers
  • Practical aspects of management on the farm and discussion - Developing integrated soil management options on the farm and some pitfalls - Chris Stoate

Speakers: Professor Paul Withers, Dr Dave Styles (Bangor University), Ron Stobart (NIAB) 

Cost £580 or £232 with a bursary

New to ATP? Resgister here

Existing ATP students register here

Distance Learning starts 29th September 2014

For those who would like to dig deeper into this subject, the workshop is followed by a 12 week distance learning module. These modules can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications.

Bangor University Logo Aberystwyth University Logo NIAB TAG Logo BBSRC Advanced Training Partnership Logo
+44 (0)1970 823224