Improving soil health
Agri-EPI’s Projects and Technical Manager, Freddie Reed, will present at Barclay Eagle Labs virtual event on Wednesday 13 May at 18.00, and will share his expertise on using sensors and technology to improve soil productivity.
Freddie, who is responsible for identifying ground-breaking agricultural technologies and initiating projects with industry and academia for Agri-EPI’s Satellite Farm Network, said of his involvement:
“Technology has the potential to help us understand much more about what is going on in our soil. The more we understand the more important we realise our soil is for both environmental sustainability and productivity.
“I’ll be looking at the new sensors, tests and technologies are coming over the horizon to help farmers improve their soil health and explaining what the Agri-EPI Satellite Farm Network is doing in this important space.”
Freddie will be joined by Rob Ward, Commercial Director at PES Technologies, who will speak about ‘’the soil health sensor system PES Technologies are developing, including its potential future capabilities”.
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More about Barclay Eagle Labs virtual events
The event is just one of three held by Barclays Eagle Labs in the month of May. A virtual meeting on 20 May will look at cover crops and healthy soil, while the third session on 27 May explores carbon sequestration.
The events, which will also feature fellow agri-tech centre, CHAP, and Agri-EPI member, Cranfield University, have been organised following the Government’s vision and promise to do more to protect the soil announced earlier this year.
The Direct Payments scheme is being phased out over a transitional period in order to spend more on boosting productivity and environmental benefits.
As a result, what is known as The Environment Land Management (ELM) scheme, will give farmers the flexibility they need to plan for the future and invest in their business, diversify and help others enter the sector.