Good soil structure not only sustains agricultural production but also benefits the wider environment. However, damage to soil structure caused by soil compaction can reduce yields, affect crop quality and contribute to off farm impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, flooding and water quality issues. Therefore, being able to identify the signs, causes and solutions to compaction must be a top priority for those who manage or guide management of our soil systems.
This course is specifically designed to enable individuals to develop confidence in their ability in identifying compaction issues, with reference to the wider environmental context. Participants will learn about effective solutions targeted appropriately at specific problems.
The course will consider aspects of compaction in line with current guidelines for soil protection, including existing agri-environmental schemes in England and Wales and Environment Agency recommendations, in order to contextualise the information into advice being widely promoted (e.g. GAEC and Think Soils).
This course is taught by Cranfield University, and is held at G's Salad near Ely, Cambridgeshire.
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