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Scottish agronomy events to start the New Year

Published: Monday, 17th December 2018

After a challenging 2018 for arable farmers across Scotland, SRUC and AHDB will once more offer advice on planning for the year ahead at next month’s Agronomy workshops.

Breaking up soil

Time to check your soil

Published: Monday, 10th September 2018

A comprehensive ‘MOT for the soil’, measuring everything from pH levels to earthworm activity, has been created by Scotland’s Rural College.

Poppy Frater

Cutting-edge grass research

Published: Wednesday, 15th August 2018

With 2018 proving a particularly challenging year in terms of grass growth, a series of webinars has been created to help farmers get the most from their pastures.

five people in a field of wheat

A ‘Beast’ of a challenge

Published: Thursday, 19th July 2018

This year’s winter wheat competition at Scotland’s Rural College is proving a “Beast” of a challenge for students.


New Finding in Fight Against Ramularia Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Researchers at the John Innes Centre and SRUC have found that barley plants which are tolerant to drought also have improved resistance to Ramularia leaf spot.

Crop trials

Open Day at Scotland’s Oldest Crop Rotation Trial in Aberdeen

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Trial plots on the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College have been providing important information for farmers, growers and researchers since 1922.

Peacock butterfly

Solving the Pollination Problem

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

A researcher from Scotland’s Rural College has embarked on a long-term study which aims to increase insect pollinators in commercial orchards.

Tractor grass cutting

SRUC Fields Strong Team at GrassTech

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

SRUC researchers and lecturers will join colleagues from SAC Consulting at GrassTech, the specialist grassland event held near Elgin by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, on Tuesday 27 May.

SRUC Crop trials

SRUC Announces Latest List of Recommended Cereal Varieties

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

The latest recommendations on cereal varieties are now available to growers on the Scotland’s Rural College website.

Julian Bell - HGCA/SRUC Agronomy Workshop 2014

Workshop Series for Arable Farmers Begins in the Borders

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Farmers attending the first of the series of SRUC-HGCA agronomy workshops went home with a lot to think about.

Grain skinning

Maree Impresses at BBSRC Crop Club

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Dr Maree Brennan, a Crop and Soils researcher with Scotland’s Rural College, played a prominent part at the recent meeting of the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) in Edinburgh.

Resilient Soils on the Agenda for Scottish Cereal Growers Workshops run by HGCA/SRUC

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

The importance of good soil health and structure will be a key discussion point during the cereal growers workshops planned for the New Year.

New Research to Shed Light on Light Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

New research at Scotland’s Rural College is seeking to discover better ways to predict an outbreak of light leaf spot in oilseed rape crops.

Cereals in Practice 2013

Cereals in Practice a Sodden Success

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Persistent rain didn’t deter about one hundred hardy souls gathering for this year’s Cereals in Practice event, but farmers will be hoping to see a lot more sunshine this month.

Farmers visiting cereal trials site near Duns

Getting to Know SRUC: The Crop Protection Team

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

SRUC’s Crop Protection team is part of the Crop and Soil Systems Research Group.

Fusarium on Spring Barley

SRUC Experts Warn Farmers of High Disease Risk to Spring Barley

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Plant pathologists from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are warning Scottish farmers that there is an almost unprecedented disease risk to spring barley this year after the heavy rains last season.

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