Key facts

Course Dates
Short Course - One Day.
Entry Requirements
Open Course
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Mixed Cohort
CPD Awarding Body
CPD Points

Course overview

Effective soil and water management are essential in order to optimise crop yields and maintain soil functionality for sustainable, profitable UK food production.

This one-day course provides a concise technical overview of key factors pertinent to effective soil and water management as well as practical demonstrations of soil properties conducive to and constraining sustainable intensification.

The course is run by academic staff from Cranfield University and Harper Adams University.

Learning outcomes

A series of informative and interactive soil management demonstrations will be held. Participants will be subdivided into three groups which will rotate around the following activities:

Group 1: Relationship between soil texture, structure, bulk density, porosity and infiltration

Group 2: Soil erosion processes and mitigation options

Group 3: Tillage options to alleviate soil compaction

Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Importance of good water management
  • Analysing soils
  • Identifying & preventing compaction
  • Minimising erosion risk
  • Improving irrigation management
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Managing soil organic matter
  • Breakout sessions
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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