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The Yew Tree

Grimshaw Lane

Ormskirk

L39 1PD

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Green manures are central to building and maintaining soil fertility in sustainable horticultural systems. With dozens of species to choose from, the challenge for many growers is choosing the right ones for the job in the right proportions to ensure the nutrients are available to the following crop at the right time. This GREATsoils field lab, also part of the Innovative Farmers programme, is led by the Molyneux Kale company, working with the Organic Research Centre. It has been comparing three green manure mixtures both terms of their ability to build available Nitrogen for a following brassica crop and the economics of the system.

The mixtures were sown in April 2017, incorporated in July and spring greens drilled in August. Throughout the growing season we have been taking regular soil samples and tissue samples to measure the contribution each mixture has made to nourishing the crop and how they compare to synthetic N fertilisers.

This workshop is an opportunity to discuss the results and the recommendations coming out the project, and to get a growers perspective on using green manures and participating in on farm research.

THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT BOOKING IS REQUIRED

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1:00 Lunch at the Yew Tree (provided)
1:50 Welcome and introductions Tony Little
2:00 GREATsoils and Innovative Farmers Tony Little, Chris Molyneux,
2:10 Project overview Dominic Amos
2:30 Getting the mix right: Results and recommendations for growers Dominic Amos, Chris Molyneux
3:15 Travel to Molyneux Farm, Asmall Lane, Scarisbrick. L40 8JL
3:30 Farm Walk Chris Molyneux
4:45 Closing discussion Tony Little

About the speakers:

Chris Molyneux runs the Molyneux Kale Company on 250 acres in South West Lancashire on land which has been in his family since the Norman Conquest. He decided to specialise in kale and has become one of the leading growers in the country and the only one in the UK to produce all year round. Innovation is central to his ethos, whether that’s developing new varieties for example by crossing spring greens with curly kale or experimenting with green manures.
Dominic Amos is a crops researcher at the Organic Research Centre, with a background in on-farm research and field trials. He works on the GREAT Soils project looking into soil assessment methods and on-farm green manure trials, crop and food diversity through ancient cereals and novel cropping, and agronomic screening of old cultivars and landraces of wheat and barley for their potential to be used in breeding programmes for low input and organic production.

Who should come? The workshops are aimed at growers, but may also be useful for farmers and advisors. We expect that growers will already have a basic understanding of the link between soil health and plant health and will be looking to understand more about this and how soil testing can be used to strengthen their growing system.

Workshops are open to all, however in the event of high demand, preference is given to AHDB levy payers and Associate Members. Find out more about the benefits of AHDB Associate Membership.

Please email Simone Osborn at GREATsoils@soilassociation.org with any queries. Sign up here for GREATsoils updates.

This field lab is also a part of Innovative Farmers

For more information visit http://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/great-soils

GREATsoils is a programme of work funded by AHDB Horticulture. Work includes projects CP 107; CP 107b; CP 107c and CP 107d. AHDB Horticulture project CP 107b is run by a consortium which includes Earthcare Technical Ltd, The Organic Research Centre and The Soil Association.

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