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Less is More: Managing Water Quality and Soil Health on Farm - Suffolk event: 3rd December 2019

Buffer strip next to stream_60900

Image credit - P Thompson - GWCT

Date:  Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time:  10am – 1pm  (Lunch will be provided)

Venue:  Brewery Farm, Norwich Road, Little Stonham, Suffolk, IP14 5DL

By kind permission of Graham Denny.

Speakers Andrew Howard, Anglian Water and FWAG East.

Graham Denny, farmer and award winning conservationist, is in his first year of Countryside Stewardship, protecting water and providing a range of options to benefit wildlife, particularly farmland birds. He is also involved in the Results-Based Agri-environment Payment Scheme pilot study for the new ELMS scheme.

Speaker Andrew Howard is a farmer from Ashford in Kent farming 330ha arable, 140ha grass, 12ha solar farm. His whole philosophy revolves around improving soil health. He has reduced his fertiliser and pesticide inputs on farm by 40% whilst retaining his yields.

He has a diverse rotation and includes cover crops, companion cropping and intercropping to try to eliminate mono-cultures from his farm system (the topic of his Nuffield Scholarship which was sponsored by AHDB). His cover crops are grazed by (somebody else’s) sheep but he thinks that livestock are still not integrated anywhere near enough on the farm.

His vision is to change from an input-intensive farm to a knowledge and management intensive-farm. This brings issues such as no-till on heavy ground in wet years, which cover crops to use and the even more complex issues of companion cropping and intercropping.

Free lunch will be provided following the walk, please advise of any dietary requirements

Please bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

NRoSO & BASIS CPD points available

To book your place please email [email protected] or call 01223 841507

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