We’ll cover details of a fresh-weigh cut down, root and soil analysis, farm business impacts and water quality improvements. You’ll get top tips on cover crop options for different farm systems and guidance on next steps and where to find more information.
Paul Cobb, Championing the Farmed Environment & FWAG - host. Paul has worked with CFE in Kent and the South East since 2013. He has also worked with Doug and Shaun on cover crop trials for the last 5 years. Paul will provide an overview of how soil and water quality protection fit into the CFE core message of promoting good environmental management through productive farming business.
Paul Brown - Technical Advisor, Kings. As Kings technical advisor for the Eastern region, Paul supports a sales team, helps farmers with enquiries and is involved in trial work and developing new techniques. Paul has been supporting farmers with seed supply for over 45 years and also organises a family farming business. With a degree in Plant Physiology, he has particular interests in cover crops, soil health, nutrient recycling and Stewardship schemes.
Doug Taylor - Hope Farm, Folkestone. Doug and Mike Taylor grow 1100 acres of combinable crops on clay and sandy loam soils over chalk near Folkestone in Kent. Direct direct drilling and cover crops are a regular part of crop establishment on the farm which also composts 35,000 tons of garden waste a year that goes onto the land to improve soil health and reduce fertiliser inputs.
Shaun Dowman - Agricultural Advisor, Affinity Water. Shaun is agricultural advisor for Affinity Water where his work targets catchment solutions that help improve water quality and reduce reliance on water treatment. Using knowledge of farming and the aquatic environment he works with farmers and other land managers to help safeguard drinking water catchments and enhance the wider environment.