Management of soil water is critical to maintaining an optimum soil environment for plant growth, soil tillage and trafficability. However, management of soil water requires and understanding of the way that water moves into soil; is held within the soil, and is removed by plant water uptake or drainage. This will depend on the soil physical characteristics as well as the weather.
Effective soil and water management are essential in order to optimise crop yields and yield quality and 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 effective water management.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Areas covered will include:
A series of informative and interactive soil management demonstrations will also be held to examine the relationship between soil texture, structure, bulk density, porosity and infiltration; soil erosion processes and mitigation options; and tillage options to alleviate soil compaction.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530