Coming up...

18 September  Growing organic potatoes without copper  RBOrganic, Peterborough  10am -2pm

Location: RBOrganic, Great Drove, Yaxley, Peterborough, PE7 3TW

The future of copper for dealing with blight on potatoes is uncertain. In 2019 there was no authorisation for its use. This event run by the Soil Association will explore potential alternative products and resistant varieties as well as hearing from growers that are growing without copper.

Register a place here. 

26 September   Alternatives to plastic mulch field lab launch   Ryton Organic Gardens   10am

Location: Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry (CV8 3LG)

Innovative Farmers is inviting growers who would like to join a field lab to assess the effectiveness of alternative biodegradable mulches. Working with researchers at CAWR, growers will design a practical on-farm trial to test a number of different approaches and materials.

Register a place here. 

30 September  Increasing lucerne in sheep diets ⃒  2pm - 5pm

We are kicking off a new Innovative Farmers Field Lab exploring how Lucerne can be increased in sheep diets as it offers massive benefits in terms of yield in dry areas and animal performance. A significant amount of work has been done in New Zealand and Australia, and part of this Field Lab would test and demonstrate if that information is valid for the UK.

We are having a kick off meeting on 30 September (2pm – 5pm) in Alwalton, Peterborough.

If you are interested in being involved in the lab please contact Liz Genever liz@lizgenever.com or Kate Still kstill@soilassociation.org for more details.

3 October  Biochar for soil and livestock health  Abergavenny  10am – 1:30pm 

Location: Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5YB

A meeting to share results of the Biochar field lab and hear about new opportunities for farmers to get involved.

Register a place here. 

6-7 November ⃒ Farm and business innovation show ⃒ NEC Birmingham

The Farm Business Innovation Show returns to the NEC Birmingham on 6th & 7th November. 

2019 will see 550 exhibitors, and 250 inspirational seminars, live demo area and expert led panel debates, who will provide visitors with the help and resources to profit more from their land and rural businesses.

Make sure to secure your FREE ticket today!

Group meet-ups

Generally, field lab groups meet up a few times a year. If you'd like to go along to find out more about a specific field lab, you can contact the group co-ordinator by using the Find a Field Lab page to find contact details for the coordinator, or get in touch and we'll put you in contact.

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