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
Learning what bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is and how it is spread is crucial in understanding how it can be prevented and controlled in cattle herds
Compacted soil can reduce crop yields by up to 50% due to poor drainage, limited availability of plant nutrients, reduced aeration and increased resistance to root penetration. Leaf’s Caroline Drummond and Alice Midmer focus on compaction in the third of the Sustainable Soils Academy series.
Weather interruptions and workload pressures are the two biggest obstacles faced by sprayer operators today. In this Academy, the efficiency gains from reduced spray drift and faster sprayer filling are examined. The supporting role played by both nozzle choice and boom height is also highlighted.…
Slip-ups while preparing to go pelleting are all too easy to make and can lead to costly residue problems. Independent slug specialist Dr David Glen guides growers through the essentials of slug pellet preparation.
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.
The five-point plan for controlling lameness in sheep is now an agreed national strategy to help the industry meet government targets to reduce incidence to 5% or less by March 2016. Its designer, vet Ruth Clements, explains how and why farmers should use it.
Tighter margins increase the need to maximise output from grass, whether for grazing or conservation. Independent adviser Ian Richards of Suffolk-based Ecopt consultancy outlines the principles of fertiliser requirement.
by Pete Berry (Dr) (ADAS High Mowthorpe) Course
A simple blueprint for establishing oilseed rape is impossible. The crucial thing to remember is that the most important day in the crop’s life is the day of drilling, so be prepared to make decisions based on the conditions.
Organic matter (OM) contains dead organisms, plant matter and other organic materials in various phases of decomposition. Yet it is the lifeblood of the soil, because it helps build the structure that holds water and provides a rich growing environment for plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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About Farmers Academy
The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for the farming industry which includes graduates, farmers, advisors and anyone working in the supply industry. There are more than 100 modules on this platform that cover arable and livestock subjects as well as business and machinery.
Two Continual professional development points are available for the accrediting schemes on appropriate modules on this e-learning site. Look for the colour matched round icons on the modules and courses
Find out more
Each module is authored by a national expert or specialist in that subject. You can learn more about each of those experts from their biographies.