Sustainable intensification of agriculture as a concept aims to harmonise food production to feed growing global population and ensure minimal damage to the environment. This is a challenging task but an essential one that will affect all of us. In order to achieve these, land managers need to be more efficient in managing water, soil and fertiliser resources.
An approach to put this into practice is to increase our reliance on organic amendments in response to increasing fertiliser price and reducing supply of certain fertilisers (such as phosphorus). The challenge with using organic amendments is the reliability of nutrient supply which needs robust scientific study to provide the background information.
Nutrient supply from organic amendments is large but its availability to crop is limited due to slower release as compared to inorganic fertilisers. However we can maximise the full potential of organic amendments by using appropriate soil husbandry and also compensation for any lack of nutrients by blending with other materials.
Application of organic amendments also comes with its potential hazards such as presence of any heavy metals or organic micro pollutants. Hence when using organic amendments, appropriate measures must be deployed in order for pollution swapping not occur.
This one day short course covers aspects related to the theoretical and practical principles underlying the successful management and application of organic amendments to land which will be coherent with current policies and strategies on soil protection.
This course is taught by Cranfield University, and the location of the venue can be flexible depending on demand.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
Areas covered will include:
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP