BASIS Foundation Award in Soils - £900
Thursday 7th January 2021
- Thursday 7th January 2021
A healthy and resilient agricultural soil is essential for the long-term sustainability of the environment and farming, for good crop yields and farm profitability.
This course will enable farmers and advisers to understand the relationship between the physical structure, biological and chemical processes that contribute to the quality of soils, and how soil functioning can be influenced by farming practices.
Increasingly farmers are finding that soil quality and productivity are complementary. Land managers who pay attention to soil structure, ensuring an appropriate chemical balance, maintaining and enhancing organic matter, integrating cover crops and green manures, and using compost and farmyard manure to feed and maintain healthy soil biology, are quickly seeing the benefits. Monitoring these changes and trends is becoming increasingly important for many farmers.
- Introduction to soil
- Physical properties of soil
- Chemical properties of soil
- Soil biology and soil life
- Organic matter and the carbon cycle
- Soil management and remediation practices
Duration: 5 days over 3 weekends, plus exam day.
Delivery days: 7th & 8th January 2021, 14th & 15th January 2021 and 21st January 2021
Time: 9.30am to 5pm
Exam Day: 22nd January 2021
No formal entry requirements.