Start date

27th March 2019


9.00 am to 4.00 pm


North Wyke


Registration deadline

Friday 22nd March 2019



“The Nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself” - Franklin D Roosevelt

A unique opportunity to engage with literally "ground breaking" research projects which are examining how better monitoring of soil health can provide greater management of this resource. Therefore, leading to enhanced resource efficiency, financial savings and reduced environmental impacts for the agricultural sector. 

We would like to see contractors, consultants, agronomists, speciality crop producers, fertiliser suppliers, environmental advisors, contract growers, agricultural advisors and economists at our event. So, we can hear from you about where the opportunities are and what needs to be done in order to manage and monitor our soil resource effectively. We have priority places for SME’s based or benefitting the sector in Cornwall.

Please register to attend this free event. 

9.00 – 9.30 – Reception & Morning Coffee (Selborne Room)

9.30 – 9.45 – Welcome to North Wyke (Wilkins Room)

9.45 – 10.15 – Soils Matter – Prof. Steve McGrath – Why Healthy Soils and Soil Science Matters  - soils are important not only in the production of food, fibre, fuel, building materials, but also for air and water quality and climate regulation, for recreation, landscape and biodiversity, especially in our rapidly changing world. 

10.15 – 10.40– Digging Deep - Soil Carbon Project - Helping Cornish farmers manage soils in a more sustainable and profitable way by developing protocols for measuring and valuing soil health and carbon sequestration.

10.40 – 11.05 – Field of Dreams - Phosfield Project - Helping farmers and land managers to use Phosphorus more effectively through the development of in-field testing saving money, time and delivering benefits for the environment 

11.05 – 11.25 – Morning Coffee

11.25 – 11.50 – Creating the Earth - FAB Soil (Fabricated Soil) Plymouth University – Exploring alternate designs, optimising the chemical and biological make-up, and discovering the commercial aspects of artificial soils.

11.50 – 12.15 – Where There’s Muck…. Farm Crap App Pro – An accurate and reliable way to manage and record slurry spreading information and data on manure.

12.15 – 1.15 – Lunch (Selborne Room)

1.15 – 2.15– Testing, Testing - Tour of North Wyke Facilities – Including Laboratory Resources & Machinery Demonstration including trailing shoe slurry tank, The mole plough, and the new forage harvester

2.15-2.30 – Afternoon coffee

2.30 – 3.30 – Over To You - Soil Health Workshop Session – Monitoring & Management Strategies – Identifying Weaknesses, Strengths, Gaps and Future Opportunities . Establishing links between businesses & research projects.

3.30 -4.00 – Feedback and close