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Master Class in Soil Health & Quality

Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019, 1.30pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Teagasc Advisory Training Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. Eircode: Y35 HK54

IASIS Points: 20

Soils have many functions to carry out during the growing season such as supplying plant nutrients, enabling good crop rooting to anchor the crop, storing and resupplying water over the summer months and supressing pathogens and crop diseases to name but a few.
Assessing soil structure and health will be a key component of future proofing Irish
agriculture to meet both sustainable production and environmental goals into the future.

Who is this training for?

This Master Class will focus on the up skilling of agricultural advisors and consultants with the knowledge and skills to assess soil structure and health.

What will you learn?

  1. Techniques for assessing soil structure
  2. Identification of soil compaction in tillage soils
  3. Formulating field solutions for soil compaction
  4. Tillage soil cultivation systems and minimising soil compaction
  5. The role of organic manures and soil health
  6. Cover cropping options and soil health

Course Timetable

2.00pm Tools for soil structure assessment Mark Plunkett & Cathal Somers
2.30pm Assessing soil structure Giulia Bondi & Shane Kennedy
3.00pm Managing soil compaction David Wall & Brendan Burke
3.30pm  Soils and cultivation systems Dermot Forristal & Michael McCarthy
4.00pm  Organic matter sources and soil health S.M. Ashekuzzaman (Ashek), Fiona Brennan & Martin Bourke
4.30pm Cover crops and soil health Patrick Forrestal & John Pettit