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.
Dr Roma Gwynn, Biorationale, will be speaking at the 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference in Belgium on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December 2019. 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.
You can find out more about the conference here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/2019-eu-agricultural-outlook-conference-2019-dec-10_en
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/
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.