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Biologicals for disease and pest control on cereals: a farmer led case study, 28th July 2021

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Wednesday 28th July 2021, 14:00 – 15:00pm

To view the PowerPoint slide:  Crop health North PowerPoint July 2021

**Due to technical difficulties on the day the recording of the webinar has been re-edited and will be available shortly.**

Summary

Over recent years the industry has followed a route that may have its own failings either through resistance issues, loss of actives and changes in regulation.

Biological crop protection products, or bioprotection products, work in many ways, to strengthen the plant’s natural resistance but also as direct antagonists to fungal and bacterial diseases and against insects. These are relatively new to the UK cereals but likely to become widely available over the next few years.

This session aims to showcase the work of Crop Health North who have conducted farmer field trials to investigate the effectiveness of using biological crop protection products vs. conventional chemical pesticides for crop protection in wheat.

The session will cover:

  • Exploring different methods of crop protection practice
  • Hear results from our spring and winter wheat trials comparing the effectiveness of these products on different wheat varieties ‘ disease resistance, yield and quality over a 4-year period.
  • Explore next steps for the bioprotectants and their use on cereals in the future.

Who should attend?

  • Farmers
  • Agronomists
  • Industry partners

Chair

  • Prof Rob Edwards, Chair of the Farmer Scientist Network and Head of the School for Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Newcastle

Speakers

  • Richard Bramley, Chair of the National Farmers Union Environment Forum / Yorkshire arable farmer
  • Dave George, Specialist in Precision Agronomy, Newcastle University
  • James Standen, Farm Director, Newcastle University Farms. Newcastle University
  • Dr Roma Gwynn, Biopesticides Strategist, Biorationale
  • Tom King, Technical Manager, Eurofins
  • Stephanie Sunley, Project Manager, Stockbridge Technology Centre

 

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Crop Health North Conference and Demo Day, June 2020

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The Crop Health North Conference and demonstration day will take place in June 2020 at Stockbridge Technology Centre. To register your interest in attending the event, please email: hollyj@yas.co.uk 

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AICC Conference,14th and 15th January 2020

2021-06-09T12:08:55+01:00
The Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) aims to maintain professional standards, to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information and to reinforce the independence of its members.

The AICC Conference took place on the 14th and 15th January 2020 at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester. Dr Dave George, Newcastle University and Tom King, Eurofins presented the recent results of the project to a sold out conference.

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DG AGRI Outlook Conference, 10th and 11th December 2019

2021-06-09T12:00:05+01:00

Dr Roma Gwynn spoke about Crop Health North and its results at the recent 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference held on the 10th and 11th December in Brussels, Belgium. The fifth edition of the conference was opened by the Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski.

DG AGRI Outlook Conference 2019

The conference has become the key annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead. The conference is a key annual opportunity for European stakeholders to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges that lie ahead.

Discussion on day one involved high-level panellists and focused on sustainability from farm to fork. The second day started with a discussion on the impact of increasing societal demands on food prices. This was followed by a debate on the outlook for EU agricultural markets (crops, biofuels, specialised crops, meat and dairy).

Participants included EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food supply chain, market experts, academics, think tanks and civil society.

You can hear Dr Roma Gwynn speak at the conference by following this link:

Starting at 02:18:00:

https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/eu-agricultural-outlook-conference-10-12

You can find out more about the conference here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/2019-eu-agricultural-outlook-conference-2019-dec-10_en

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Biosolutions Event, 9th May 2019

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In May, Crop Health North featured at the Centre for Crop Health and Protection’s key event on Agricultural BioSolutions hosted by Stockbridge Technology Centre in Selby.

The agricultural biosolution market has seen continual growth over the past few years for both biopesticides (plant protection products) and biostimulants (crop nutrition). However, there is still a need to optimise their use, particularly for arable crops. Major gaps exist in research relating to early stage discovery and screening of new candidates, large scale production, formulation and application. Developments with precision agriculture with decision support systems, pre-symptomatic detection and localised application are expected to improve their performance and cost effectiveness.

Addressing some of the key issues, Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), one of the four Centres for Agricultural Innovation, brought together leading scientists with state-of-the-art facilities, to help drive research and innovation, to transform crop systems.

Facilitated by operational group member, Dr Roma Gwynn, Crop Health North was cited as a good example of a farmer driven project.

To find out more about the Centre for Crop Health and Protection, please visit: https://chap-solutions.co.uk/

To find out about the projects underway at Stockbridge Technology Centre, please visit: http://www.stockbridgeonline.co.uk/

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CropTec Show 2018

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Prof Rob Edwards and Dr Roma Gwynn were among the speakers at this year’s CropTec Show 2018. The event was held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Rob and Roma spoke to audience of 200 over the two day show. Their topic focussed on how biological products can help to strengthen a plants resistance to disease and pests as a result of the trials. In addition they focussed how much benefit do they provide; are they value for money and what about public perception? In conclusion, Rob and Roma shared two years of trial results comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and biological products on disease resistance, yield and quality for different wheat varieties.

You can see the presentation here: Biologicals for disease and pest control: a farmer-led case study

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Great Yorkshire Show – Will biocontrol’s work for arable farmers? 10th July 2018

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Dr Roma Gwynn, Biorationale and Prof Rob Edwards, University of Newcastle, led discussions at this year’s 160th Great Yorkshire Show, on whether biocontrol’s were the future for farmers, what was the perception of these bio-agents and would they would be cost effective for farmers to use. Discussions linked in the trials currently underway through Crop Health North.

To view the event E-Flyer, visit: Biocontrols E-Flyer

Group discussion with farmers.

 

 

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Demonstration day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, 7th June 2018

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The wheat trial is looking good. Septoria still not an issue. Just trying to keep a hold on yellow rust on the biological plots with another Serenade spray earlier this week.

Attendees included farmers, agronomists, representation from Bayer and a group from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) in York.

 

Members of the operational group went to showcase the trials at the recent Stockbridge Technology Centre demonstration event, it was a great day for it!

 

Demonstration day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, 7th June 20182021-06-09T11:45:08+01:00

Spring Wheat Demonstration Day, 4th July 2017

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 It was a rather wet and drizzly day for our Spring Wheat Demonstration Day in the North East. The event took place on Tuesday 4th July near Morpeth and was open to all who were interested to learn about the progress of the trials.

Prof Rob Edwards chaired the discussions and we heard from Tom King, Eurofins, who is leading on the trial site analysis at Cockle Park and Nafferton Farms. The event was NRoSO registered for professional development.

 

Observations from the samples

The Mulika examples look a lot dirtier – you can see the yellowish leaves. Due to the brighter and drier weather conditions this year, there has not been a great amount of disease. It will be useful to see the yield of the grain and the protein content and to make a visual comparison with Stockbridge Technology Centre  based further south. These samples have not been counted and were for observation purposes only. This may not necessarily be a negative. The vision of the trial is to see how plants can increase their natural defences. A plant may have yellow septoria, however, could  be a stronger variety as a whole and better equipped to fight off disease.

1, Left to right: Mulika variety Conventional, Conventional/Biological ( Integrated Pest management, IPM), Biological

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2, Trial Site, Cockle Park Farm, Morpeth

Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

3, Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trial Site at Cockle Park Farm

4, Trial Site at Cockle Park Far

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Summary Notes for Spring Wheat Demonstration Day

Yorkshire Agricultural Society press release

E-Flyer for event

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