Soil event ‘to deliver new ideas’

A NEW event targeting soil, water and precision management is aiming to help farmers cope with the competing challenges of more output for less inputs.

The Soil, Water and Precision Management event, which is organised by the Centre for Contemporary Agriculture, will be held at Easton College, Norwich, on Thursday, March 15.

College principal David Lawrence said the event will deliver up to date, relevant and in some cases innovative ideas farmers can put in to practice immediately to help improve yields and efficiency.

“Whether driven by concern for profit or the environment, saving resources is at the forefront of most farmers’ minds,” he said. For more information, contact Helen Bibby on 01603 881881.

As well as shell schemes in the main marquee, exhibitors have the option to take space in an outdoor exhibition area as well as a field demonstration area for working equipment to show cultivation, precision farming and irrigation equipment in action.

A programme of informative and practical technical sessions will run throughout the day. Topical subject areas including water efficiency and selecting the right irrigation equipment.

Also onthe agenda are cultivation systems and soil amendment strategies as well as controlled traffic farming systems, all aimed at improving the business bottom line while protecting soil structure from mechanical compaction.

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The programme is led by recognised experts from among others the School of Applied Science at Cranfield University, the Environment Agency, NIAB-TAG and Cambridge University Farm.

“We want delegates to leave this event with clear ideas on how to check and improve their field management in order to ensure sustainability and prevent environmental damage,” said Mr Lawrence.

The event, which is supported by a grant from LandSkills East, is free for farmers and others to attend and will include refreshments including breakfast bacon rolls and a hog roast lunch.

Businesses interested in being part of the event can contact Helen Bibby at Anglia Farmers at For tickets to the event, contact Ches Broom, tel 01603 731309 /