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 spoke about Crop Health North and its results at the recent DG AGRI 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.
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.
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:
Currently low disease present and trial plots at growth stage 32. Biological applied twice due to low disease pressure with further applications planned going forward for general disease/crop health unless mildew or rust become an issue.
Crop growth images taken at Cockle Park farm this week:
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.
A second day of trial demonstrations took place on the 8th June during Stockbridge Technology Centre’s Procam event. The audience was made up of farmers and agronomists with around 60-70 people, three groups in total, with plenty of interest.
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.
Crop Health North Team meet at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to discuss the details of the trials.