Agronomy firm strengthens team for farmer-focused research

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Leading agronomy firm ProCam has strengthened its UK technical team with the appointment of Rebecca Tunnicliffe as trials officer responsible for farmer-focused research.

With four years’ experience in agricultural field trials, Rebecca, who is based near Pickering in Yorkshire, and who was raised on a mixed farm near Pickering, also has a degree in biology from The University of Lincoln.

At ProCam, Rebecca will be responsible for managing field-based research into areas such as safeguarding crop output and soil health. She will work on crops including cereals, root crops, forage maize and cover crops, and in areas such as crop nutrition, disease and weed control, and the evaluation of varieties and other agronomic techniques.

As well as managing research at the company’s main trials hub at the Stockbridge Technology Centre, Cawood in Yorkshire, Rebecca will also oversee ProCam’s network of on-farm trials around the UK.

“Results from our trials are used to equip our UK-wide agronomist team with the latest technical knowledge to help them when advising farmers,” Rebecca explains. 

“Part of our research includes trials to gain a first-hand insight into how new crop protection and other inputs perform before they come onto the market. In this way, our agronomists can help growers to get the best from them as soon as they are launched.

“In addition to this, we are also looking into other ways of providing solutions to real-life farming challenges. I get to carry out trials that are catered directly to farmers’ needs.”

Commenting on Rebecca’s appointment, ProCam UK managing director Diane Heath said: “Farming faces undoubted challenges, but also multiple opportunities. In both cases, research is a key part of being able to maintain top-level agronomic advice, and Rebecca’s appointment underlines our ongoing commitment to this.” 

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