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British Society of Soil Science Conference - Managing Soil Resources to Secure our Future

British Society of Soil Science Conference - Managing Soil Resources to Secure our Future

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 08:45 to Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 16:45
Venue: The Edge, Endcliffe Village, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
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The multi-functionality of soils puts ever greater pressure on how and what expert advice is provided to manage our soils and the time that remains until we have to reduce Greenhouse gas emission gets ever shorter.
Brexit and the 25-year plan will determine the direction of financial support for agriculture and the use of soils for production. However, will the area of highly productive soils be further jeopardised by the housing crisis?
Will the next generation molecular techniques provide the tools for managing the soil’s biological component?
How can land managers be supported in enhancing their skills and understanding of soils to meet future needs?
Are soils in the natural environment likely to be affected by the same drivers of change? Certainly we have to be concerned about science, policy and practices in all these aspects of management.
Innovative research and research applications from all areas in soil science will be required to tackle these challenges.
KWS Energy Crops Event Gloucestershire

KWS Energy Crops Event Gloucestershire

Event date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 09:45 to Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 13:45

Energy crop growers will have the opportunity to tour variety plots,  listen to expert speakers and view an anaerobic digester plant and dryer at an energy crops event to be held at the KWS UK Maize (plant breeder) headquarters in Gloucestershire on 9 and 10 September 2019.

The event will start at a nearby hotel with an evening dinner on 9  September, when Future Biogas managing director, Philipp Lukas, will  address delegates on the subject of carbon sequestration and the future  of the anaerobic digestion industry over the next 5-10 years. On the  following morning, growers will travel to the KWS maize site in Lydney  to listen to presentations on maize, hybrid rye and beet by guest  speakers including a representative from Vale Green Energy, who will 

focus on crops for energy production. 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the plots, where the latest  varieties of maize will be on view in the demonstration field. KWS  product manager, John Burgess and KWS sales manager, John Morgan will be  on hand to give agronomy advice and tips on selecting the best energy  varieties for individual farm situations. They will also give a tour of  the anaerobic digester plant and crop dryer, as well as showcasing new  varieties prior to listing. In addition, there will be a demonstration  of beet-washing and de-stoning.


Accommodation for guests who wish to attend the evening dinner and stay  overnight is limited. For accommodation bookings, please telephone the  St Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club hotel on 01291 625261, quoting  the code L17.  For more detailed information, or to register for the day  time visit, contact Alison Phipps at [email protected]. Places are  restricted and it is advisable to book early.


KWS UK Maize (plant breeder) headquarters in Gloucestershire 


Bioinnovation Wales Course - Sustainable Supply Systems

Bioinnovation Wales Course - Sustainable Supply Systems

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 12:45 to 16:45
A look at innovative approaches to economic and environmentally sustainable supply systems
Food and other bio-based producers, processors and retailers need to work together to maintain product supply for a sustainable future. This module will draw on the latest research to explore the concept of sustainability and the challenges to achieving it. It will consider how economic, environmental and social sustainability can be improved and governed, and examine innovative approaches and technologies available to support this process while maintaining supply of safe, high quality products. This module will be of interest to anyone seeking to understand more about sustainability and how it can be improved in any bio-based supply system

Location: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

More information can be found here

11/09/2019 - 12:45 to 16:45
Innovative Farmers Event Ruminating on the role of digestate in managing healthy soils, Cambridge

Innovative Farmers Event Ruminating on the role of digestate in managing healthy soils, Cambridge

Event date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 15:00 to 19:00

Location: NIAB Park Farm, Villa Road, Impington, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9NZ

Event to discuss the outputs of a 2-year Innovative Farmers project designed to investigate the impact of digestate application to soils, and the role of cover crops in improving efficacy of digestate by helping retain nutrients, maintain soil organic matter and ensure ease of compliance with NVZ regulations. Field lab details. 

Book tickets here. 

12/09/2019 - 15:00 to 19:00
Future proofing with Miscanthus, a farm walk Norfolk

Future proofing with Miscanthus, a farm walk Norfolk

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 09:00 to 12:00
Norfolk farmer, Adam Brewer, is planning for the future by diversifying his income and looking after his soils with Miscanthus. 
Farmers wanting to learn more about the many environmental and financial benefits presented by the crop are invited to attend a Miscanthus farm walk hosted by Adam and Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta on 10 September 2019.
Alex Robinson, general manager at Terravesta, says that more farmers are looking at planting Miscanthus since Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant opened in 2017. “Adam’s farm is 35 miles away from Snetterton Power Plant and we’re looking to work with growers within East Anglia to supply it.
“Terravesta has a long-term contract with the plant for the supply of 25,000 tonnes of whole bales each year,” says Alex. “Many farmers are not only reaping the financial benefits of the crop - studies also suggest that Miscanthus can contribute to soil organic matter, earthworm diversity and stabilised soil structure.”
Adam Brewer manages the farm with his father, alongside running his own audio company, where he works with top international and UK clients. “We were looking to diversify the business in a way that allowed me to continue with my audio work and the environmental impact of our farm is important to us. Miscanthus seemed like the ideal solution, with a very local market,” explains Adam.
“Like most farms, some of our land needed a rest and with Miscanthus, the soil is largely untouched for the lifetime of the crop, which can be up to 20 years,” says Adam.
Adam grows 16 hectares of Miscanthus, as well as wheat, barley, some maize and five hectares of Christmas trees.
“The crop is 2.5 metres tall already and it’s mid-July. It has next to no inputs, although I’d stress the importance of pre-emergent herbicide directly after pantin
“The crop is full of wildlife and we’re looking forward to our first harvest early 2020,” says Adam.
“It’s clear that the farming sector needs to be more sustainable. We’ve tried to switch to minimum tillage on the farm as much as possible and the Miscanthus will hopefully help our soils to recover from intensive farming over the years and leave them in better shape for future generations,” adds Adam.
The Terravesta co-hosted breakfast farm walk takes place in Melton Constable, Norfolk, on 10 September from 09:00 – 12:00 and is free to attend. Places can be reserved online

Location: Melton Constable, Norfolk,

10/09/2019 - 09:00 to 12:00
Woodland Management Workshop, GWCT

Woodland Management Workshop, GWCT

Event date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 09:45 to 16:15

Learn about woodland management from leading industry experts at the GWCT’s Allerton Project in Leicestershire on Thursday 19 September.

Aimed at land managers, farmers and gamekeepers, this one-day event will cover everything you need to know to build and manage a successful woodland, taking into consideration funding, planting, management, and pest species.

Venue: The Allerton Project, Loddington House, Main Street, Loddington, LE7 9XE

For more information please click here

19/09/2019 - 09:45 to 16:15
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