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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Fertiliser 1: Nitrogen management

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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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Anaerobic digestion

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by Cath Anthony (Bidwells)  Course Farm and renewable energy

A technology that makes money from recycling agricultural residues while producing heat, power and a free supply of fertiliser seems like a bit of a no-brainer for a farm business. Unfortunately investor uncertainty around the ability to secure long-term feedstock contracts, a reduction in the…

Sponsored By Farm Power

Farm Power is an industry-led initiative to help farmers fulfill their potential as significant players…
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Controlling BVD

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by Mike Kerby (Delaware Veterinary Group)  Course Bovine viral diarrhoea

Establishing status, vaccination, good biosecurity and identifying and culling persistently infected animals is key to controlling bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), says vet Mike Kerby.

Sponsored By Boehringer

Despite vaccines being around for 50 years, the disease is still thriving.  A new vaccine…
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Tyres 3: Correct tyre pressure

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by Neil Sharman (Trelleborg)  Course Tyre management

Correct tyre pressure is crucial for getting the best performance and longest possible service from a set of tyres.

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Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a leading global supplier of tyres and complete wheel systems for…
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Stubble weed managment

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by Sarah Cook and Lynn Tatnell (Adas)  Course Weed control

Tackling weeds before drilling with stale seed beds is a vital part of weed control, but getting it wrong can lead to poor control. Sarah Cook and Lynn Tatnell of Adas explain how to get the most from stubble sprays.

Sponsored By AHDB

Nufarm, one of the top suppliers of crop protection in the UK, provides growers with…
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Soils 4: Organic Matter

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by Caroline Drummond (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

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.

Sponsored By Leaf

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

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by John Tucker (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/)  Course Managing your woodland

This guide will give you an introduction on how to manage your woodland in the early years after your trees have established. Here you can find out more about how to ensure the trees on your farm can be part of a sustainable, productive, and…

Sponsored By Woodland Trust

Trees on your farm Planting trees on your farm can bring many benefits. Trees provide…
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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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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

Managing your woodland

When the trees you have planted have been in the ground for several years they will have spread their branches. You will probably notice different wildlife species appearing in your new wood such as bees and butterflies. Your livestock will also start to benefit from the shade and shelter your trees are providing. As well as sheltering livestock and crops, your trees will provide a sustainable source of firewood, timber and coppice products. By managing your trees effectively, you can harvest these products and enhance the woodland’s value for wildlife too. Having a more diverse woodland structure, made up of…

Modules within this course
  1. Managing your woodland

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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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