GREATsoils field day - Lancashire18 July 2017
The Yew Tree, Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk, L39 1PD and Molyneux Farm, Asmall Lane, Scarisbrick. L40 8JL 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Green manures are central to building and maintaining soil fertility in sustainable horticultural systems. With dozens of species to choose from, the challenge for many growers is choosing the right ones for the job in the right proportions to ensure the nutrients are available to the following crop at the right time. This GREATsoils field lab, also part of the Innovative Farmers programme, is led by the Molyneux Kale company, working with the Organic Research Centre. It compares three green manure mixes with varying proportions of different leguminous species, measuring their impact on the following Kale crop in terms of the availability of Nitrogen and other key nutrients. We will do so using both soil and tissue analysis, and validate a new system which will enable growers to carry out tissue analysis quickly and simply in the field. This open day, the first of two planned for the project, will focus on the choice of mixture and management of the green manure crop, and will be held just before they are due to be incorporated.