Can plant mixtures improve soil health and crop yield?
Tuesday 23rd October, 10.30am–4pm
Balmaise Community Centre, Linnwood Drive, Leven, KY8 5AE
Soil Association Scotland is teaming up with the James Hutton Institute on a field lab, part of a Europe-wide project, to trial crop mixtures or ‘plant teams’. We want to test the potential that inter-cropping peas and beans, for example, has to improve Scottish soils, yield stability and resilience as well as to supress pests and diseases.
Come hear from experts Ali Karley (The James Hutton Institute) and Robin Walker (SRUC) to find out which crops might work best together on your farm.
Visit Durie Farms to see how farmer Doug Christie has been successfully growing a variety of plant teams for many years, and to see what equipment he uses for separating crops.
Free lunch and hot refreshments provided.
Taking part in this Field Lab will give farmers access to knowledge from plant teams research projects at the James Hutton Institute funded by the Scottish Government and the Horizon 2020-funded DIVERSify project www.plant-teams.eu.
Free to farmers and land managers. Booking is required.
Book your free place on Eventbrite now.
For more information call Clem on 0131 666 2474, or email.
Funding for this activity is made available through the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union), with partner funding from Quality Meat Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
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