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Soil Organic Matter

More information about our upcoming Soil Organic Matter event in Warwickshire on the 3rd November

Soil Organic Matter: Measuring Change and building profit

Want to build your soils for healthier crops and improved profits?

Want to find out if testing for organic matter really can give useful results?

Come along and join FCCT and Warwickshire Rural Hub to find out how to build soil organic matter, what the benefits are, and how to measure change.

Click here to download the event flier.

When? 3rd November 10.30 - 3.00

Where? Highfield Farm, Honington, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5DP by kind permission of Tom Newbery

Speaker details

Dr Jennifer Dungait, North Wyke Research

Dr Jennifer Dungait leads the Soil Carbon Dynamics group at Rothamsted Research, home to the longest running agricultural experiments in the world, and with a unique historic legacy in soil organic carbon research. Her work aims to develop a fully quantitative understanding of soil organic matter dynamics which underpins strategies to manage and improve soil quality by increasing soil carbon storage, and thereby to support the development of environmentally-benign agricultural systems in a changing climate. She is currently working with partners in the UK, Europe, the USA, South America, India, China and Australasia to develop strategies to increase soil organic carbon in agricultural soils.

Jonathan Smith, Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit

Jonathan is an organic grower from the Isles of Scilly, who is also a director of the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit. Jonathan has a  special interest in building up carbon in agricultural soils and has been monitoring the organic matter levels on his farm for the last 5 years.

Stephen Goodwin, Arable, Farmer, Northamptonshire

Stephen is an arable farmer who has been using a min-till system. He has just returned from a study tour to America to look at how the U.S. farmers are reducing tillage and building soils, and will share his experiences with us as well as explaining what the trip has meant in terms of changes that he is now going to make at home.

Farm Walk

The day will include a farm walk on the host farm, where samples have been taken to be analysed for soil organic matter levels.  Samples were taken from two fields which are being managed differently in terms of their tillage in the spring and have been re-analysed just before the event so that we can see if there is any difference in the levels of organic matter.

There will also be a practical demonstration on how to take a soil sample to analyse for organic matter percentage and top tips on making the most of your sample and analysis.

How do I book?

For more information and to book your free place please contact Carrie at Warwickshire Rural Hub on 02476 697496 or email [email protected] 

Other information

BASIS CPD points have been applied for

Lunch will be provided, but to help with numbers, please could you book a place. Thank you!