Crop Phenotyping & Soil Health: Bridging the gap between science & practice

Crop Phenotyping & Soil Health: Bridging the gap between science & practice

About this Event

Understanding the interaction of crops and environments in crop-based agriculture is a crucial to improve crop development, productivity, quality and resilience to changing climate. Phenotyping technologies and data analytics provide opportunities to monitor, detect and understand the crop performance under various environmental factors such as water, nutrient, disease pressure and soil types.

Soils are a key agricultural resource, but we are facing a crisis of increased degradation of health and quality. It is essential to broaden our understanding of our soils and related ecosystems so that we can use and manage them in a productive and sustainable way. Understanding how soil works, and the impact agricultural practices have on soil structure, health and mass helps to bridge the gap between fundamental science and practical know-how and is a challenge for many soil science researchers.

CHAP, Agri-EPI and Cranfield University are proud to jointly host this webinar showcasing our state-of-the-art Phenotyping & Soil Health Facility.

Dr Wilfred Otten, Professor of Soil Biophysics and Dr Toby Waine, Senior Lecturer in Applied Remote Sensing will provide an overview of the world-leading facility including case studies that demonstrate how the complex interdependencies between water, soil, tillage and crops can be simulated, not just within seasons, but throughout the rotational cycle at representative spatial and temporal scales. From tillage, through drilling, plant establishment and crop development, to harvest and post-harvest.

Representatives from two of the UK Agri-tech Centres, Agri-EPI and CHAP will also be on hand to answer your questions and facilitate discussion with regards to other soil health issues currently impacting growers.

You can read this update from CHAPs on TFF's AGVendor...

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...