Early Careers Representative: Dan Evans
This forum is a platform for student members to communicate within the early career member community. We hope this will form an open dialogue between student members, enhancing communication and creating an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of the student cohort. So, please feel free to post your soil related interests/publications/conference attendance/grants awarded/ events/advice etc. We look forward to reading them!
Your ideas and help are always welcome- we would like to know how you think the society should evolve for students or if you would like to get involved please comment here or contact Dan directly.
Biochar has been discussed as a greenhouse gas removal option and could hold benefits and risks in soil use. As a BSSS early careers member and MSc student at the University of Edinburgh, I would appreciate your time completing this anonymous survey about biochar's potential impact in the UK:
Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a £50 voucher!
Closing: 27 July
Zoom into Soil: Erosion will take place on Wednesday 2 September from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.
‘Zoom into Soil: Erosion’, will feature Professor Jane Rickson and farmer John Chinn who will discuss erosion from both an academic and practical perspective, setting out the challenges which erosion poses, proposed solutions and the long-term implications of erosion if left unchecked.
In her presentation, Professor Rickson will describe the main processes of soil erosion and the different types of erosion operating in the UK. She will present the evidence on the rates of soil loss and whether these are sustainable, especially in the light of extreme weather events and climate change. She will set to quantify the impacts of soil erosion in monetary terms, as this justifies the costs of soil conservation (soil erosion control) policy and practices.
Farmer John Chinn, will outline his first-hand experience with gulley erosion, the impact this had on his crop, the relationship with his customers and the Environment Agency as a result. John will set out how he has worked with Cranfield University to secure his farms from the long-term challenges associated with erosion, whilst maximising crop yields and accruing some thoughts on the meaning of soil health.
To book a place at the seminar visit Go To Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8973969123043000590
‘Zoom into Soil’: A new online webinar series
A new lunchtime online webinar series, ‘Zoom into Soil’ is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in soil, the natural environment, agriculture and food production, to hear from respected technical and academic experts.
‘Nutrient Efficiency’ will take place on Wednesday 22 July from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge to attend.
Speakers, Richard Reeves and Martin Blackwell, will provide an overview of their experience from both practical and academic viewpoints.
Organised by the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS), delegates attending 'Nutrient Efficiency’ will hear from first generation farmer Richard Reeves and Dr Martin Blackwell, a senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research.
Richard Reeves’ 'from the farm' perspective, will set out the importance and role of managing soil nutrients, placing particular emphasis on recycled nutrients such as sludgecake and green waste and the significant impact the ways this waste is treated prior to application, can have. Richard will discuss the Met Office records that he has been keeping over many decades, the patterns emerging, and how these are impacting soils and the application of nutrients.
Martin Blackwell’s presentation, Caught between a rock and a hard place: how can we use phosphorus fertilisers more efficiently? will discuss the finite rock phosphate resources and the risk which the threat of this dwindling resource brings: protecting future food production. Martin will discuss the fundamental changes which need to be made to the way phosphorous fertilisers are sourced to maintain food supplies for a growing global population.
The hour-long session, which will also provide the opportunity for delegates to ask questions, will be available on the BSSS Youtube page after the event.
To book a place at the first seminar visit Go To Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8466368584565601551.
BSSS will host future webinars on 2 September and 7 October, with further monthly dates and registration details to be announced.
Richard Reeves is a first generation farmer. Since 1981, he has farmed 800 acres of land in Cheshire, using a wide combination of crops on a range of different tenancies. Prior to this, in the 1970s, Richard was involved in farm management with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and worked closely with the Duke of Westminster. Richard obtained a BSc(Hons) in Agriculture from Leeds University, and in the last 15 years, he has kept a close affiliation with Lancaster University, hosting students visits to his farm. He has also been a visiting speaker for environmental science students, talking on a range of topics, including UK farming practices. Richard is a former Chairman of the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) North West Crops board, and was a spokeman on organic resources.
Dr Martin Blackwell is a Senior Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research, UK. He is a soil biogeochemist with over 25 years’ experience of studying both phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) cycling. Recent work has focussed on P use efficiency and P cycling in arable and grassland systems, the role of organic P in plant nutrition, and the development of better P fertiliser application rate recommendations.
We are contacting you as part of a NERC-BBSRC funded research project being carried out by researchers at Cranfield, Lancaster, and Nottingham Universities to identify the extent to which soil science currently contributes towards several industries, including water management, waste management, agriculture, ecosystem services and natural resources.
Paddling in the bath of a crimson horizon, a naked hedgerow is cleansed with the last drops of winter sunlight. In a while, the dusk will drape a robe of mist over the branches and the sunset will be a memory, held by a robin as it gazes on a red winter berry. Across a ploughed field in the far distance, a smudge appears. That smudge is me.
The BSSS Northern Soils Network invites you to an evening seminar to be held on World Soil Day at Wardell Armstrong Newcastle Office.
Soils are often an underappreciated part of a development, but they are important not only because their intrinsic value but the role they play in the built environment itself.
A little reminder that we will be closing registrations for the 2019 Agricultural Land Classification Course shortly so if you - or a colleague - would like to book, please do so as soon as possible.
Just a reminder that the deadline is approaching.........
The British Society of Soil Science has an exciting new opportunity available for the Chair of the Early Career Members (ECR) group. Our current ECR Chair Dan Evans announced at the recent ECR Conference in Sheffield that "the role has been the highlight of his career to date and was a wonderful opportunity to promote soil science to those at the beginning of their professional life".
I am writing this on one of those days when the skies decide to ‘spring clean’ the Earth. Strong gusts are vacuuming the dust from the country lanes that run like skirting boards around green carpets of cropland and pasture. Clouds unite to form impenetrable ceilings of lead from which millions of droplets are preparing to polish the rooftops. As I write, my train carriage window is becoming freckled with a shimmering galaxy of watery stars. Is there anything more inspiring than a clouded day?