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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Introduction to BVD

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by John Fishwick (Royal Veterinary College, University of London)  Course Bovine viral diarrhoea

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

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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.

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

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Seed treatments should be part of an integrated pest management strategy and their use discussed…
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Slug control 3: pellet application

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by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

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

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Contrary to popular belief not all slug pellets are the same. They might claim to…
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Calf pneumonia

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by George Caldow (SAC)  Course Winter Health

Find out more about the main causes of pneumonia in calves and the best way to treat a disease that can prove costly to both stocks' health and your bottom line.

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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.

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Silage management

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by David Davies   Course Silage Management

David Davies demonstrates how careful preparation and management will aid the production of quality silage.

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Slug control 1: life cycle and biology

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by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

Knowing your enemy is half the battle to controlling it. Independent consultant Dr David Glen gives a lesson in biology and control on the UK’s number one crop pest.

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Contrary to popular belief not all slug pellets are the same. They might claim to…
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Soils 3: Compaction

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by Caroline Drummond (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

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.

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Oilseed rape establishment

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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.

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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: 1 Choosing your species Different tree species lend themselves to achieving different goals and objectives. Find out about which trees best suit your planting plans. 2 How to plant trees Find out how to prepare ahead of your planting project to ensure you make…

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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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