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Upcoming Events for our Sandstone Ridge Farmers - BOOK NOW

19/04/19
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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 .... nicolah@reaseheath.ac.uk 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.