The subject of soil health for the arable sector will be scrutinised at an arable-focused meeting at Lothians monitor farm on Thursday 23 May.
Innovative farmer Clive Bailye from Staffordshire, will discuss how he made zero till farming work for his system. Clive, who also founded The Farming Forum and Direct Driller magazine, moved to a zero tillage system nearly a decade ago with the aim of reducing costs while improving yields. He focuses on increasing soil organic matter levels, water infiltration and capturing sunlight through cover cropping, rotational diversity and has recently reintroduced livestock onto the farm.
Also speaking at the meeting will be Christina Clarke from ADAS who will cover plant health and pathogens, wheat varieties and breeding while Andy Newbold from Farm Smart will discuss soil remediation, machinery settings, tine design and impact on soils.
AHDB’s Harry Henderson will share the results of the machinery review carried out across the monitor farm network and apprise the group on AHDB projects on straw and soils.
The Lothians meeting will be held at Rosemains Farm on Thursday 23 May, tea and coffee will be available from 10am and the event will close at 3pm.
For further information and to book your place (and lunch!) contact facilitator Colin MacPhail on 07747 046461 or email email@example.com