Soil and carbon to the fore at Cereals 21

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Soil is now recognised as one of our most valuable assets and a key element in the fight against climate change.  Healthy soils equate to healthy profits, from crop production to the trading of natural capital, so how can you maximise its potential?
In order to help make your soil more profitable and sustainable, Day Two of the Young Farmers Sustainability Track will focus exclusively on soils – covering everything from research into the microbiome to drainage, regenerative farming, and carbon measurement tools.  At Cereals 2021, you will also have the opportunity to

  • Get beneath the ground to examine soil structure in the NIAB Soil Pit
  • Chat with experts in the new NAAC Land Drainage Hub
  • See the latest equipment demonstrating in the cover crop drilling demo area

As Farmers are both a source and a sink for carbon emissions – how can the industry strive to meet Net Zero? This is the question posed by a live webinar on April 27th, chaired by Dr Ruth Bastow, innovation director at CHAP. It will offer a sneak preview into the science and farming practices being discussed in the AHDB theatre at the Cereals Event in June.
Speakers include

  • Sarah Mukherjee CEO of IEMA considers how farming businesses can prevent and manage the impacts of climate change – as well as creating resilient and sustainable landscapes for food and wildlife.
  • Prof Wendy Harwood, senior scientist at the John Innes Centre, looks at how gene editing can make cereal crops resistant to disease, reducing the need for chemical applications in the field.
  • Farmer and consultant Louis Fell explores how farmer collaboration can deliver landscape-level environmental benefits, such as protecting watercourses and recovering wildlife, as part of DEFRA’s ELMS trials.

 

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Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is an avid follower of Stoke City.