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GREATsoils Making Soils Great Again! workshop – 5 October 2017, Warks

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Warwick Crop Centre

The University of Warwick Wellesbourne

Warwick

CV35 9EF

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Improving the health of soils is fundamental to the agronomic and financial sustainability of horticultural enterprises. This free workshop will include a hands on exploration of practical methods for testing soil health. We will also look at the role of soil health in managing soil-borne diseases.

The event will be led by Dr Martin Wood, Soil Scientist at the Earthcare Technical (see bio below) and will include a session on soil-borne diseases as a component of soil health by a guest speaker from the Warwick Crop Centre.

Travel directions: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/wcc/cropcentre/contact/directions/


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.


Places are limited so book early!


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10.30 Tea/coffee
11.00 Introduction to GREATsoils
11.15 How can you assess soil health to improve crop quality and yield?- Led by Dr Martin Wood of Earthcare Technical
12.30 Challenges and approaches to tackling soilborne diseases – Guest speaker Dr John Clarkson on, Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick.
13.15 Q&A
13.30 Lunch
14.15 Field walk including demonstration of soil health measurement techniques.
15.30 Summing up
15.45 Close

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

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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Martin Wood: Martin (BA (Hons), PhD, MBPR (FACTS)) has been an independent consultant in soil, water and waste management since 2005 having previously spent 20 years as lecturer in Soil Science at Reading University. Martin has extensive international research experience and has written books, popular articles and scientific papers on soil and organic materials. Martin continues to carry out research work on soil, organic matter and water with East Malling Research (soft fruit, top fruit and potatoes, funded by Defra) and with ADAS (use of digestate and compost in agriculture, funded by Defra and WRAP). He is actively involved in the transfer of technical information on management of soil, organic materials (including composts and digestate) and water to crop consultants, farmers, growers and other stakeholders. He has excellent links with industry, providing advice (including expert witness) on market development and regulatory aspects of recycled organic materials.


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