Farmers Weekly Academy

The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for farmers

  • Learn from top national specialists in the country
  • Acquire CPD points for accredited industry schemes
  • Check your knowledge of key farm management issues

There are more than 150 modules on this platform covering arable and livestock technical subjects as well as business advice

 

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Light leaf spot

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by Julie Smith   Course Oilseed rape diseases

Light leaf spot was estimated by Defra to have cost growers £140m last year, up from £19m in 2005. Julie Smith of Adas explains how growers can minimise the risk of losses to the disease.

Sponsored By Bayer

Establishment ahead of winter is arguably the most critical phase of growing an oilseed rape…
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Boom stability

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by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

A stable boom is essential for good spray deposition and can make all the difference to pesticide performance. As this Academy explains, boom stability comes from both the correct set-up and maintenance of the boom suspension and from operating with the correct tyre pressures.

Sponsored By Syngenta

Being a frontrunner in application and spray technology, Syngenta is proud to sponsor this Farmers…
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Treated seed stewardship

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by James Wallace (UK ESTA Scheme)  Course Seed treatment and health

Last year saw the European Commission (EC) placed a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments on certain crops. In the UK this ban could create problems for growers of oilseed rape and linseed, with both crops susceptible to flea beetle attacks…

Sponsored By The Voluntary Initiative

Seed treatments should be part of an integrated pest management strategy and their use discussed…
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Broad-leaf weeds

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by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Weed control

Herbicide-resistant blackgrass has grabbed all the attention in recent years, but there is a growing problem in broad-leaved weeds. Mark Ballingall looks at how growers can cut the risk of resistance developing in their fields.

Sponsored By Nufarm

Nufarm have one of the widest ranges of cereal broad-leaved weed actives.   Major brands…
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Setting up your sprayer

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by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

The correct sprayer set-up can improve efficacy, reduce drift, cut wear and tear and see yield advantages of up to 1t/ha. 

Sponsored By Syngenta

Being a frontrunner in application and spray technology, Syngenta is proud to sponsor this Farmers…
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Rat control 2: minimising risk to wildlife

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by Dr. Alan Buckle (CRRU)  Course Rat control

CRRU chairman Alan Buckle summarises a seven point plan for rat control, agreed with experts throughout the industry. Rats are a problem, of that there is no doubt. Populations are rising, putting human and livestock health more at risk; they contaminate produce and feed stores and…

Sponsored By Think Wildlife (CRRU)

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is an industry-led initiative launched in 2005 to…
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Fluke and worms in cattle

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by Dr Basil Lowman (Scottish Agricultural College)  Course Winter Health

Worms in cattle are responsible for significant losses in production, decreased fertility, poor growth and in some cases death, so taking steps to prevent and treat them is crucial.

Sponsored By Zoetis

We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by…
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Grassland weed control

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by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Grassland management

Managing weeds in grass for grazing or conservation is crucial to maximise its nutritional value and ensure peak animal performance. Mark Ballingall from SAC and Mark Palmer from Agrovista round up some essential advice.

Sponsored By Nufarm

Nufarm is one of the top six suppliers of crop protection products in the UK…
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Turnip yellows virus

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by Mark Stevens (Dr) (British Beet Research Organisation)  Course Oilseed rape diseases

Better understanding of turnip yellows virus could help growers significantly increase yields. Mark Stevens, lead scientist at the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) and Caroline Nicholls, research and knowledge transfer manager at HGCA summarise the latest understanding of the disease.

Sponsored By Syngenta

Early infection, transmitted by autumn aphid feeding activity, is most damaging to crop yield, and…
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Potatoes: understanding blight

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by David Cooke (The James Hutton Institute)  Course Potato pests and diseases

To control late blight effectively, you now need a thorough understanding of the pathogen you’re dealing with. David Cooke of The James Hutton Institute and Ruairidh Bain of SRUC summarise recent research and changes to best practice.

Sponsored By Nufarm

Nufarm, one of the top six suppliers of crop protection products in the UK, now…
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Important notice about your CPD points

Before completing any courses, you’ll need to add your CPD membership numbers to your profile. To add your membership number, sign in and go to your profile. Click on the CPD Schemes tab and enter in your details.

Featured Courses

How to plant trees on your farm

Trees on farms really work. Adding trees and hedges into your existing farm system can help your farm become more resilient and cost effective in the face of current environmental conditions. This introductory academy course gives advice on where, when and how to plant trees so that you can reap the benefits. Modules within this course: Where to plant trees Planting the right tree in the right place is crucial for you and your farm. Find out more about how to plant in and around your existing farming systems and how planting designs can affect your outcomes. Choosing your species…

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Winter Health

The challenging spring may have left a legacy of health issues this coming winter. Farmers Weekly is launching a five course Winter Health Academy to equip farmers with the know-how to prevent any potential problems.

Modules within this course
  1. Calf pneumonia

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  2. Calf scours

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  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

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  4. Housing

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  5. Winter Health: Nutrition

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Diseases and pests in sheep

Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance to understand and deal with. Sheep Scab is an animal welfare issue and can reduce animal performance. This course cover worms and scab with more modules to come.

Modules within this course
  1. Scab in sheep

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  2. Sheep lameness

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  3. Worms in sheep

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Oilseed rape diseases

The main oilseed rape diseases Light Leaf Spot, Phoma (Stem Canker) and Sclerotinia can all be costly in yield losses. For effective economic control it is important to know the growing conditions which encourage these diseases, how to identify the symptoms and the recommended threshold for fungicide treatments. There are a number of free-to-use industry tools for forecasting oilseed rape diseases which can be useful to determine the in-season and regional disease risks. See: Phoma, Sclerotinia and Light Leaf Spot.

Modules within this course
  1. Light leaf spot

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  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

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  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

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  4. Turnip yellows virus

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Slug Control

Slugs are major pest of UK cereal crops. They thrive in wet springs and summers, with populations quickly getting out of control. The cost of slug damage in winter wheat is estimated to be between £2 and £3 million per year. A single slug can kill up to 50 grain seeds in the first week after sowing.

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Soil Management

Fertile soil is not only vital for the production of food, but it also plays a key role in the environment – as pollution prevention, by breaking down or reducing the impact of chemical contaminants and an important carbon storage reserve. Soils are also important in nutrient cycling and regulating water flow and flood risk reduction. Managing soils correctly is essential and these modules focus on good husbandry and ways to protect the soil structure. Did you know that? It can take more than 150 years for 1cm of topsoil to form min-till cultivation can deliver savings on some farms…

Modules within this course
  1. Soils: capping and slumping

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  2. Soils: compaction

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  3. Soils: husbandry

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  4. Soils: poaching

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  5. Soils: wind erosion

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