Following our conference last month there was a write up of the project details in the Farmers Guardian: https://www.fginsight.com/news/trials-show-biopesticide-potential-47360
Crop Health North held a conference on Thursday 23rd November aimed to inspire farmers and agronomists to think differently about how biopesticides for wheat could have a role to play in the future.
The audience learnt why biopesticides have been used and what effect they have on the plant’s health. This was an opportunity to explore different methods of practice sharing ideas on how to develop the project further. Following the presentations explaining the spring wheat trail findings, the biological product that is being used and the trial design for next year’s winter wheat trials, the audience had an opportunity to participate in a round table discussion.
- Can the project analysis conventional timings vs. optimum biological timings.
- Can the project use spore capture technology to identify when spores land?
- Can the project demonstrate financial viability?
- Can the project access crop monitor farm data as a comparison?
- Can the biological add value through nutrition uptake?
- What is the perception of biologicals with farmers and the general public?
You can view the presentations here:
You can view the E-Flyer here: Whats available for Broadacre
You can view the agenda of the conference here: Whats available for Broadacre_Agenda
Link to the right up in the Farmers Guardian here: Trials show biopesticide potential – News – Farmers Guardian (fginsight.com)
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.
Prof rob Edwards and Richard Bramley, were invited to speak at the evening launch dinner which took place on Monday 30th January at the Hotel Du Vin in York. Dr Roma Gwynn was invited to present at the EIP-AGRI Launch Conference the following day at FERA, Sand Hutton, York.
To view the agenda for the conference, click here: Agri Innovation Conference Sharing for Success_Final Programme
To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here: Daytime conference presentation by Dr Roma Gwynn