Crop masters

Farmers will get the lowdown on the latest crop research during a series of free agronomy events being held in Scotland in the New Year.

Organised by AHDB and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and jointly funded by the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), the January events will showcase the latest fungicide performance results and provide a summary of recommended varieties.

There will also be discussions on sustainable arable systems and grain markets in light of Brexit.

The programme has been developed to include regionally relevant speakers and discussion with stakeholders from across the arable industry.

The events, which run from 9.30am-3.30pm and include lunch, will take place at four venues across Scotland:

·         Perth (14 January 2020) – Murrayshall Country House Hotel & Golf Club, Murrayshall Rd, Scone, Perth PH2 7PH

·         Borders (16 January 2020) – Carfraemill Hotel, Lauder, TD2 6RA

·         Aberdeenshire (21 January 2020) – Thainstone House Hotel and Spa, Inverurie, AB51 5NT

·         Inverness (23 January 2020) – Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Rd, Inverness IV2 3LP

Chris Leslie, AHDB’s Arable Knowledge Exchange Manager for Scotland, said: “Our agronomy events roadshow places cutting-edge arable research in a local context. These regional events offer the opportunity to access the latest agronomic information and discuss its practical application at a local level.

“At the same time, by providing a forum for researchers, agronomists, growers and the trade to share and discuss the latest innovations and novel approaches, the events provide a great opportunity to build resilience into arable businesses as they prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. Common problems are best met by common solutions so I encourage anyone with an interest in arable farming to attend so they benefit from these events.”

Professor Fiona Burnett from SRUC, who will be among the speakers, said: “With challenges such as an unpredictable climate, loss of pesticides and pesticide resistance hampering the sustainable growth of crops, these events highlight the lessons learned from last season and suggest approaches from the outcomes of applied technical research at SRUC and AHDB that could be applied to on-farm practice.”

To see the full programme of each events and to sign up, visit www.fas.scot/events

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.