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Kinross cereal trials open evening

Date: 30th June 2016

Location: Newlands Farm, Milnathort, Kinross

Time: 17:30

Cost: Free

A chance to view SRUC cereal trials.

Visitors are requested to park at Channel Farm which is adjacent to Loch Leven’s Larder from where they will be taken to the trials. Winter wheat, winter barley and spring barley varieties will be demonstrated and the responses of selected varieties to fungicide programmes discussed. Refreshments will be provided in Loch Leven’s Larder after the tours of the trial plots. BASIS and NRoSO points will be available.

For more information contact the Perth SAC Consulting office on 01738 636611.

Happening today, 30th June 2016

Kinross cereal trials open evening

Date: 30th June 2016

Location: Newlands Farm, Milnathort, Kinross

Time: 17:30

Cost: Free

A chance to view SRUC cereal trials.

Visitors are requested to park at Channel Farm which is adjacent to Loch Leven’s Larder from where they will be taken to the trials. Winter wheat, winter barley and spring barley varieties will be demonstrated and the responses of selected varieties to fungicide programmes discussed. Refreshments will be provided in Loch Leven’s Larder after the tours of the trial plots. BASIS and NRoSO points will be available.

For more information contact the Perth SAC Consulting office on 01738 636611.

The Value of Soil Organic Matter

Date: 30th June 2016

Location: Castlemains, Dirleton, East Lothian, EH39 5EF

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Cost: free

Ways to utilise soil organic matter to improve soil structure and how to prevent the loss of soil organic matter

By Kind permission of Bob Simpson and Family SAC Consulting invite you to Castlemains on 30th June to discuss ways in which you can utilise soil organic matter to improve soil structure and how to prevent the loss of soil organic matter. Where soils are low in organic matter, the addition of soil organic matter can improve workability, water holding capacity/drainage and can help reduce soil erosion.

Bob, from Castlemains, maintains soils organic matter by using hen pen, PAS100 compost and cattle FYM, the merits of each will be discussed. Organic manures also contribute to soil nutrient content, and the use of hen pen has allowed Bob to change the type of artificial fertilisers he is applying this year. Manure sampling and nutrient budgeting coupled with soil sampling allows for savings in fertiliser to be made, as well as ensuing crop nutrient requirements are met.

Speakers will include

  • Bill Crooks, SAC Consulting - discussion of how organic matter can be locked into the soil and how to minimise losses by cultivation.
  • Colin Hunter, Stonelaws - Colin has been maximising soil organic matter on his farm by the use of unusual cover crops and minimum tillage cultivation techniques. He will share his experience with us and discuss ways that increasing soil organic matter has improved his soils and arable output.
  • Chris McDonald, SAC Consulting - discussion on manure/compost analyses and the benefits of creating a farm nutrient plan.

We will also be looking at Castlemains year 2 carbon footprint, and encouraging those that have not yet signed up to do a carbon footprint to consider doing so.

This event is open to all and free to attend.

Please book your place with Sandra Jackson on 0131 603 7520 or email fbsbush@sac.co.uk

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