Scottish agronomy events to start the New Year

Published Monday, 17th December 2018 in Soils And Crop news

field of maturing barley.
Field of maturing barley

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.

These free annual workshops, joint-funded by the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) and AHDB, give growers the chance to hear from specialist speakers who will offer guidance on key issues such as varieties, markets, fungicide performance and soil health. 

The events take place at four venues across Scotland:

This year the workshops will focus on improving soil health using a whole rotation approach, as well as the concept of maximising yield potential, with farmer speakers explaining how they have boosted their yields through taking in part in ADAS’s Yield Improvement Network (YEN) Awards.

Claire Hodge, AHDB Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: “Scottish growers taking part in YEN have been doing incredibly well because the focus is not simply on growing the highest volume. Instead ADAS assesses each participating farm in terms of climate, soil type and growing season and the result is a potential yield figure that could be reached in the best possible conditions.

“At the events in January we will have farmers from each region who have taking part in YEN discussing how the process works, and why other growers should give it a go.”

Other speakers include Professor Fiona Burnett, Head of SRUC’s Crop and Soil Systems Research Group, who will cover likely disease pressures for the year ahead and will also provide an overview of current fungicide performance data.

Dr Steve Hoad, SRUC’s Team Leader in Agronomy, will announce the top varieties to look out for in 2019, while Julian Bell from SAC Consulting will provide a cereals market overview and outline the importance of product specifications.

Dr Andy Evans from SRUC 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.”

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