Workshops on soil biology and cover crops at Tythe Farm, Wayboys, Cambridge

Workshops on soil biology and cover crops at Tythe Farm, Wayboys, Cambridge

Tuesday 28th May 2013

We would like to invite you to the first of a season long series of workshops on soil biology and cover crops at Tythe Farm, Wayboys, Cambridge PE28 2RJ‏

Directions are as follows and a map will follow as a future attachment;

Heading towards March on the A141 turn left at the roundabout to Warboys by the Warboys Airfield Industrial Estate. Tythe Farm yard is the next left.

We start at 1.30pm with coffee available and the workshop proper beginning at 2pm; we will be done by 6pm. With a light supper served after the workshop. Workshop programme outline also attached.

Liz Stockdale from Newcastle University has kindly agreed to run the workshop. Liz has been involved in a wide range of research projects connected with the study of nutrient cycling in soils and with the environmental impact of farming systems. At the smallest scale she has used isotope dilution techniques to investigate mineralisation, immobilisation and nitrification processes. The understanding gained has been used to develop modelling approaches to predict soil nutrient cycling at soil, field and farm scale and to guide fertiliser recommendation systems. She has also maintained a strong link to organic farming and carried out some research into nutrient cycling (N, P, K) in organic farming systems.

Laverstoke Park soil lab will also be speaking about their chemistry and biological soil test they are able to offer. As well as their extensive knowledge of commercial compost production. We will have results from the trial field which will look at the biological activity of the soil now and as the trial progresses.
The attachments here also contain some information that might be useful if you are planning to bring some soil – we have a workshop session when you will get chance to look at your own soil habitats!

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday next week.

RSVP rjharding@hotmail.co.uk

Don’t hesitate to contact me on 07584 020 395 if you have any questions?

Kind Regards,

Richard Harding

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