We are holding 2 soil fertility and management events for our Sandstone Farmers in the coming weeks.
Please contact Nicky or give Katie a ring, to book your place .... firstname.lastname@example.org or 01270 613195
Managing Soil Fertility — Wednesday 30 January — 10am-12noon
- The Reaseheath College team has been busy training members on soil sampling in advance of our soil workshop.
- Our first event will examine soil health and forage quality with the Forage for Knowledge specialists from AHDB (Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board).
- This event is kindly hosted by Alistair and Gill Cliff at Bankhead Farm.
- Leading the event will be James Holmes, Senior Soil Scientist, and Siwan Howatson, Dairy Scientist from AHDB.
- There will be a farm walk to discuss using managing soil fertility to address a variety of issues.
- Please arrive promptly since there is a short drive to the field sites which departs at 10.15am and please bring clean wellingtons.
Calibrating your Fertiliser Spreader for 2019 — A Practical Workshop — Thursday 7 February 10am-12noon.
- It is fairly common to hear that farmers rarely calibrate their own fertiliser spreaders. Yet the financial losses from operating a poorly maintained spreader are probably higher than you think. With this in mind, we are offering a training workshop, supported by testing experts from SCS, with the aim of achieving confidence in diagnosis and correcting issues in spreader performance.
- The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice 2017, reported that only 37% of farms calibrate annually, that 23% have never calibrated a spreader, with the rest lying 'somewhere in between'.
- Moreover, a Farmer's Weekly article, illustrates the loss impact perfectly CLICK HERE. The article might be a tad dated but the principles remain the same.
- This event will be held at Larkton House Farm with hosting and demonstration equipment provided by Peter Done and Richard Goodwin.
- Leading the event will be Instructor, Jim Hammond, from SCS Spreader and Sprayer Testing Limited.
- Avoid costly fertiliser waste, crop under-performance and create a positive impact on our environment.