Field lab - Managing fertility in arable and field scale vegetables

28 March 2013 09:30 - 28 March 2013 17:00

Home Farm (Nacton) Ltd, Unit A, Camilla Court, Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP10 0EU

09.30 - Coffee and registration

10.00 - Welcome and introduction
William Hudson – Nacton Home Farm (20 minutes)

10.20 - Field Lab and LEAF introduction
In this session, Ben and Anthony will provide an overview of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Field Lab programme as well as an introduction from LEAF about their work and activities. Speakers include:
Ben Raskin – Soil Association (20 mins)
Anthony Goggin – LEAF (20 mins)

11.00 - Questions and answers

11.10 - Why will fertility pose a particular challenge in 2013 and how do we deal with it?
David Stanley will introduce this session with an overview of nutrient availability in the context of climate change and in particular the mitigation of extremes. Andrew Williams/William Hudson will also cover some of the challenges faced at Nacton in terms of fertility following the wet weather in 2012.

Some options for consideration in this discussion may include:

  • Precision application of fertilizer
  • Application rates and challenges of application (eg.weed growth),
  • Crops which are likely to pose a particular challenge in 2013.:
  • Will land type make a difference?
  • Altering rotations,
  • Green manures and green waste compost
  • Sources of fertility, timings of applications taking into consideration quantity & crops,
  • Anaerobic digestate

12.30-13.30 - Organic Lunch and Refreshments

13.30-15.30 - Setting objectives for field lab trials
This group session will look at  formulating a trial which will monitor and investigate the practical measures for dealing with acute fertility challenges within arable and field scale vegetable systems.

15.30 - Depart for Nacton Home Farm
Home Farm (Nacton) Ltd, Unit A, Camilla Court, Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP10 0EU

15.50 - Farm tour

17.00 - Close and depart

Book your place

This event is free to attend and open to all farmers and growers (organic and non-organic). Advanced booking is essential. To reserve your place, please email or contact Astrid Toner on 0117 9142400.

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