Soil and Water Management Centre set to increase farmers' knowledge
FWI.co.uk, March 5th
Developed in response to a report on the status of soil and water management in England by RASE and a number of independent bodies, the Soil and Water Management Centre aims to provide "sustainable improvements" in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.
- It's becoming increasingly evident that research needs to be done to address the challenge of climate change, and that there's a requirement for ongoing research into new and existing management techniques, explained Harper Adams vice-principle and committee member Peter Mills.
The role of the centre, the hub of which is at the university, will be to co-ordinate national soil and water improvement resources, to transfer existing knowledge and develop ongoing improvement research.
Support from GrowHow, Challenger, Vaderstad, Agrii, Basis, Michelin and the Cooperative Farms for the next three years will give farmers the opportunity to benefit from knowledge transfer training and research from not just Harper Adams, but nationwide satellite research centres.
- The problem is that a lot of the pivotal research on soil took place in the last century," said Prof Mills.
- And as the environment and farming evolves to meet new challenges, new and ongoing research will be vital for farmers.