Field lab: Fertility building multi-species leys and green manures : assessing performance

Ian Tolhurst and Mark Measures will be running the DOFF Fertility Building Leys and Green Manures Field lab for farmers and growers on 28th April at Whitchurch near Reading. We have good evidence and practical experience of the major benefits of diverse, multi-species mixtures for fertility building, forage production, pollinators and general resilience to unpredictable weather conditions. This field lab will share those experiences and set up trials that will:
• Improve our selection of species
• Assess the performance of multi-species mixtures under different conditions
• Monitor the management prescriptions of the new Countryside Stewardship Multi-species Organic Option – worth £115/ha
Do join us in this great opportunity to improve productivity.
Please pass this on to any one who may be interested.


10.15 am Arrival and introductions with refreshments
10.30 am Welcome and agenda
Background of the Field Lab and plans for trials during summer 2015
Summary of research and conclusions from DOFF 2014 Fertility Building Leys
Participants sharing their experiences of multi-species leys and green manures
Countryside Stewardship organic option Multispecies Leys
12.30 pm Organic lunch
1.30 pm Field walk and demonstration
3.00 Discussion and identification of potential trial farms and host for second field lab in September 2015
4 pm Close

Lunch will be provided by Tolhurst Organics at £10+vat per person.
The facilitator for this meeting is Mark Measures, Institute for Organic Training and Advice (IOTA/ORC).

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