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cover crop

A half-day workshop will share new findings about the management of ground cover to improve soil quality and improve nutrient retention, and discuss how to incorporate these findings into arable rotations.

Results from Anglian Water funded field experiments carried out in Lincolnshire will be presented, on:

  • Advances in catch/companion crop management after vining peas
  • Advances in the management of cover crops by over-winter sheep grazing

The workshop will conclude with a visit to Dyson field trials and a practical demonstration of how and carry out visual soil structural assessment, and a discussion on how to best monitor changes over time of measures to improve soil health.


10:00 – 10:15: Registration & Refreshments

10:15 – 10:30: Welcome and Introduction Fiona Wood – Anglian Water

10:30 – 11:00: Catch Crops & Grazing Cover Crops Kate Smith – ADAS

11:00 – 12:30: Field Visit to Dyson Field Trials Ian Willoughby – Dyson

12:30 – 13:00: Lunch & Discussion


Please note that lunch will be provided 

Free to attend, all welcome 

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Dyson Farming, Wasp’s Nest, The Hive, Nocton Fen, Lincolnshire, LN4 2AY 

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ADAS provides ideas, specialist knowledge and solutions to secure our food and enhance the environment. We understand food production and the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations operating in the natural environment

Anglian Water is the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area. We supply water and water recycling services to almost seven million people in the East of England and Hartlepool.     

Agricultural Shows have always been a very important place for farmers and the industry to share knowledge. The nature of agricultural shows has changed, but there are now an increasing number of staple events for a range of communities.

Cover crops are grown primarily to ‘protect or improve’ soils between periods of regular crop production. They can be effective at improving soil functions by increasing soil nutrient and water retention, improving soil structure/quality, reducing the risk of soil erosion, surface run-off and diffuse pollution by providing soil cover and by managing weeds or soil-borne pests.  

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