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


Slug control 3: pellet application


by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

Best practice in the field is vital to retain slug-killers. David Glen provides some essential tips.

Sponsored By De Sangosse

Contrary to popular belief not all slug pellets are the same. They might claim to…
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Fluke and worms in cattle


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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Boom stability


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


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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Fertiliser 1: Nitrogen management


by Keith Goulding (Rothamsted Research)  Course

Effective nutrient management has always been a crucial part of good farm practice, with the underlying principle of fertiliser use to supplement the supply of nutrients available from the soil. Rothamsted Research‘s Keith Goulding (pictured) and Johnny Johnston explain.

Sponsored By Yara

Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing site-specific nitrogen recommendations for arable farmers. “In this…
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Soils 6: Biological Health


by Caroline Drummond (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

Alongside the influence physical and chemical properties have on the quality of soil, biological health also has an important part to play. Earthworms are a major indicator of biological soil quality and often play an important role in the improvement of soil health.

Sponsored By Leaf

One area in particular is the importance of measuring progress, and delivering change is something…
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Managing metazachlor in OSR


by Steve Townsend (The Soil First Trading Company)  Course Oilseed rape

Metazachlor is a residual herbicide used to control broad-leaved weeds and annual grasses. It is applied directly to the soil, either pre or early post-emergence, so that it is absorbed through the roots of the target weeds. Considered to be the foundation of most early…

Sponsored By BASF and Adama

The Metazachlor Matters campaign encourages advisers and farmers to find out if land is in…
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Rat control 3: control guidelines


by Dr. Alan Buckle (CRRU)  Course Rat control

Shifting seasonal weather patterns are simply making bigger problems and rat infestations on farm. In this third module on rat control Alan Buckle from CRRU gives an overview.

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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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

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

  2. Calf scours

  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

  4. Housing

  5. Winter Health: Nutrition


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

  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

  4. Turnip yellows virus


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.


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: poaching

  2. Soils: capping and slumping

  3. Soils: compaction

  4. Soils: husbandry

  5. Soils: wind erosion