Cranfield Eagle Labs to host Soil Health virtual events

The Barclays Eagle Lab at Cranfield University is planning three online Soil Sessions in May and June.

The online events follow on from the event on AI intelligence in Agriculture held earlier this year – pre-lockdown – at its Medway House site.

The sessions are being organised in response to the Agriculture Bill putting soil at heart of UK farm grant revolution, and the introduction of the Environment Land Management (ELM) scheme to replace European farming subsidies following Brexit.

The first session “How can new soil sensors and testing improve productivity?” will be held on 13th May at 6pm. Wendy Hewitson, Eagle Labs AgriTech Programme Manager, will kick off the evening by presenting an overview of the Eagle Labs and the AgriTech Programme.

Then Rob Ward, Commercial Director at CHAP member PES Technologies, will speak about the soil health sensor system being developed by his company. This Soil Health Sensor studies the gases produced by soil microbiota, to directly assess the biological components of soil health and indirectly assess its chemical and physical components. Rob will introduce the sensor and outline potential future capabilities.

Freddie Reed, Projects and Technical Manager at our fellow UK Agri-Tech Centre Agri-EPI Centre will speak about the sensors, tests and technologies that are coming over the horizon to help farmers improve their soil health, and what the Agri-EPI Satellite Farm Network are doing in this important space.

Future sessions are planned for 26th May (Carbon Sequestration and the benefits of Good Soil Health) and 3rd June (Cover Crops and the Healthy Soil Effect). Details will be shared closer to the event dates.

To book the first session go to Eventbrite.

Click the links for more information about CHAP’s Soil Health Solutions and the Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility at Cranfield University.

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