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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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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Growing hybrid oilseed rape

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by David Leaper (Agrii)  Course Oilseed rape

About half of all oilseed rape crops grown in the UK are restored hybrid types. David Leaper of Agrii explains how hybrids differ from conventional oilseed rape varieties, and how growers should manage them for maximum yield.

Sponsored By Bayer

Bayer’s high-performance InVigor hybrids offer UK growers excellent seed quality, consistently high output and a…
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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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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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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.

Sponsored By Dow

Appropriate use of shallow cultivation techniques to establish the oilseed rape crop when used in…
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Sheep lameness

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by Ruth Clements (FAI Farms)  Course Diseases and pests in sheep

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.

Sponsored By MSD Animal Health

At MSD Animal Health we are constantly striving to find solutions which make the lives…
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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.

Sponsored By Zoetis

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Rat control 3: control guidelines

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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

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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