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Cover Cropping for Biodiversity, Clean Water and Profitable Farming

Action for the River Kennet and Catchment Sensitive Farming, working together, would like to invite you to a morning of discovery….

Come and view the cover crop demonstration plots and hear about the latest in cover crop biology, agronomy and technology, to help you to grow cover crops successfully on your farm.

Cover cropping is increasing in popularity on farms in the UK, and has the potential to bring multiple benefits in terms of soil health and improved water quality.

Dr Sarah Beynon, entomologist, Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford, and founder of Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm will be exploring the complex relationships between the soil, plants and insects and investigating how cover cropping fits into the picture.

George Hosier, host farmer, will describe his approach to realizing the potential of his soils.

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival at Wexcombe Manor Farm: registration, coffee and biscuits

09:30 – 09:45 Introduction & welcome: Tim Clarke (FWAG SE)

09:45 – 10:00 Wexcombe; the story so far: George Hosier (host farmer)

10:00 – 11:00 Tour of cover crop plots: George Hosier and Paul Brown (Kings)

11:00 – 12:00 Cover crops and invertebrates: Dr Sarah Beynon FRES (University of Oxford)

12:00 - 12:30 Chaired discussion

12:30 - 13:00 Lunch and depart

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