Applying Soil Health in Arable Systems

A one-day course on the application of the soil health principles, to your arable or mixed operation.
Next upcoming course: 25th May 2020
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Learn what the soil health principles are, where they are gleaned from and how their application improves- and creates soil crumb structure.

 

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The soil health principles work, from large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What’s more, the growers that have applied these principles the most rigorously have the more profitable operations today.

Soil Health Principles

1 Living Root – for as Long-/as Often as Possible

2 Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants

3 Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage

4 Maximise Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings

5 Feed Soils – with Organic Matter (Between Cropping)

6 Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed

7 Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics

Soil Health Principles

1 Living Root – for as Long-/as Often as Possible

2 Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants

3 Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage

4 Maximise Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings

5 Feed Soils – with Organic Matter (Between Cropping)

6 Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed

7 Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics

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Topics/Structure

Regenerative Agriculture – The Broader Context

  • The imperative
  • 4 Ecosystem Processes

Empirical case for good soil management

  • How different strategies affect soil structure
  • Reducing grade-outs and crop failures
  • Minimising moisture stress

Defining soil health

  • How it’s articulated and how to measure it

Soil Health Principles

  • What they are & the processes that underpin them
  • Empirical evidence of their application on farm

Evidencing soil health

  • Aggregation, spade tests, visual soil inspection

Aggregation and crumb structure

  • What creates it, and how to maximise

Nutrient Cycling

  • Fostering nitrogen fixation for all crops

One Key Insight

  • Microbes Matter

Best Practice Management Solutions

  • Cultivation systems
  • Cover crops

Sign-Posts & Practical Tips

  • Case studies
  • Monitoring & trials
  • What to do this season

Course Details

Runs for two mornings 9am – 1.00pm

Session 1: Presentations

  • Regenerative ag & soil health principles

Session 2: Workshop/Exercises

  • Analysis of soils on your operation,
  • Applied principles

Soilmentor Access

When enrolled you will be given complementary access to a Soilmentor account for use on the course, for: recording soils observations and sharing data with the tutor, for feedback and analysis on session 2.

Offline Viewing

All sessions will be videoed and made available to you offline, for you to watch again, or to view if you miss the live session.

What you take away from the course

  • Digital hand-outs
  • PowerPoint Presentations

Who is this course for?

  • Arable farmers
  • Mixed farmers
  • Estate managers, farm managers
  • Agronomists & advisors

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