To integrate applied technical research with on-farm practice, AHDB will start 2019 with a road-show of arable agronomy events taking place across England, Scotland and Wales.
The agronomy events aim to provide the opportunity to speak to researchers, scientists and knowledge exchange experts on topics of regional relevance.
There are four events in Scotland and eight across England and Wales, from 8 January until 27 February.
The programmes have been developed to include regionally relevant speakers and discussion with stakeholders from across the arable industry.
The agronomy events in England and Wales will focus on two specific themes; developing strategies to overcome the yield barrier, including optimising inputs and nutrition and business and personal resilience, including motivation, business profitability, cost management, collaboration and marketing.
The Welsh event is a joint event with AHDB, Farming Connect and NFU Cymru. There will then be an opportunity to select a technical session which is most relevant to your business. The arable session will focus on the implications of Brexit for Welsh cereal farming and how to choose the best variety for your business.
Tim Isaac, Head of Arable Knowledge Exchange at AHDB said: “Our roadshow of agronomy events provide cutting edge arable research in a local context. Building on the success of our national Agronomists Conference in December, these regional events give 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, these events provide a great opportunity to build resilience into arable businesses as they prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. Common problems are best met by common solutions so I encourage anyone with an interest in arable farming to attend and benefit from these events.”
The Scottish events are part-funded by Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS), which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government, providing information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.
The programme features presentations on crop management, business efficiency, soil health and cover crops.