News Archive: January - June 2012

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  • THURS 21 JUNE: The Arable Group (TAG) Open Day, Morley: Morley NAC open day was an inspiring day with opportunities to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds in agriculture. NIAB TAG provided an interesting selection of presentations and a wonderful hog roast and apple pie for lunch. The Wensum DTC stall included information about the project and had interactive components to engage with visitors. People had the opportunity to trial phosphate testing kits and to use a farming computer software 'Farmscoper'. These components attracted visitors to our stall deeming the day a success despite the miserable weather.
  • WEDS 20 JUNE: Royal Agricultural College Alumni Visit to Salle Estate: Kevin gave a presentation on the Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment at this event which included a tour of the farm and discussions about the ELS and HLS environmental stewardship schemes for Alumni members of the Royal Agricultural College.
  • WEDS 6 JUNE: Frontier Agriculture Gressenhall Demonstration Site Open Day: The UEA Team again attended this event. More feedback to follow.
  • MAY 2012: WATER ACTIVE FEATURE: Finding ways to tackle diffuse pollution: An article has appeared in the industry magazine 'Water Active' and provides an overview of the national DTC project and also a plug for the Environment Agency's National Water Quality Instrumentation Service. To download it [Click here].
  • SAT 19 MAY: Wild about the Wensum: The pictures (right) show families undertaking nitrate testing and thinking about what makes a river healthy at the annual 'Wild about the Wensum' event hosted by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve to inspire and highlight to members of the local community what an amazing place the Wensum valley is. The event attracted lots of people and the children had fun adding 'post-it' pictures to our poster and used up our entire supply of nitrate test strips!
  • WEDS 25 APRIL: Defra-ADAS-Wensum Alliance workshop: A workshop on sustainable water systems for livestock was held at Park Farm, Swanton Morley and included introductory presentations followed by practical demonstrations of the costs and benefits of different stock watering systems that do not reply on mains water or electricity or petrol/diesel pumps. Techniques covered included ram pumps, pasture pumps, photovoltaic systems and rainwater harvesting systems.
  • THURS 22 MARCH: World Water Festival in Norwich: The picture (right) shows Faye in discussion with visitors to our stand at the World Water Day event in Norwich. The poster features data obtained from our monitoring equipment during a recent (rare!) rainfall event and the resulting impact on water quality. See our Monitoring page for more information. Our stand attracted a steady flow of interested members of the public who saw our 'Google Earth' display of the project area and tested water samples for nitrate content.
  • THURS 15 MARCH: Soil, Water and Precision Management: Prof Kevin Hiscock and Prof Andrew Lovett spoke at this Centre for Contemporary Agriculture (CCA) Technical Event at Easton College which examined these important issues. Soil and water management has been rising in significance in farming with the challenges of increasing productivity whilst reducing inputs and dealing with the unpredictable effects of climate - including the current drought. With the East of England being the driest region, farmers are particularly exposed to these challenges. The CCA event brought together farmers, advisors, reserachers, engineers and consultants to examine methods for managing water resources and soils.
  • MARCH 2012: DTC TEAMS AND CATCHMENT SENSITIVE FARMING OFFICERS POOL EXPERTISEPractical experience and scientific research come together in the Demonstration Test Catchments project’s first policy and practice note "Creating and applying robust information resources for catchment management." Aimed at policy makers and stakeholders concerned with catchment management, it examines how different kinds of knowledge can contribute to addressing the problems of diffuse pollution, and suggests ways in which the DTC teams can feed their research results into the everyday practice of Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers. To download a copy [Click here]
Notable events
Royal Agricultural College visit to Salle
Royal Agricultural College visit to Salle Estate
Wild about the Wensum event
Families undertaking nitrate testing at the 'Wild about the Wensum' event
Wild about the Wensum event
Post-it notes showing children's thoughts on "what makes a river healthy?"
Wild about the Wensum event
Youngsters thinking about water quality at the Pensthorpe 'Wild about the Wensum' event
World Water Day event
Faye in discussion with visitors to our stand at the World Water Day event in Norwich