The 2018 Network Day

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Network Day. It was the biggest opportunity so far for network members to get together, share their findings from field lab and collaborate on the future of farmer-led research.

Better Soils 

The day started from the ground up, with soil. David Gardner chaired the session, which covered findings from field labs on min-till, co-composting FYM, compost tea, and zone tillage. Huge thanks to Ed Scott from Riverford, Sophie Alexander from Hemsworth Farm, Adrian Hares from Roundhill Farm, Edwin Taylor from Durhamfield Farm and John Hammond from University of Reading for a great debate - here's a summary of what they discussed.

Managing Cover Crops

The cover crops session was chaired by Ian Wilkinson of Cotswold Seeds. The speakers covered species selection, combining anaerobic digestate applications with cover crops, and the best ways to destroy them without using glyphosate or the plough. Thanks to everyone for a lively discussion and to the speakers, Ali Capper of Stocks Farm, James Alexander from Primewest and Lydia Smith from NIAB. 

Sector Sessions

After lunch, the event split into arable, horticulture and livestock sessions. You can see all of the session summaries here, but the main outcome for the day was this vote!

 Should farmer led research be prioritised in future agricultural policy? We all think so! #IFday

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