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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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.

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Nufarm, one of the top suppliers of crop protection in the UK, provides growers with…
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Fertiliser 3: Grass nutrition

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by Ian Richards (Ecopt Consultancy)  Course Fertiliser management

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.

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“Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing site-specific, balanced nutrient recommendations for grassland farmers. "In…
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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.

 

Grassland weed control

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by Mark Palmer (Agrovista UK)  Course Grassland weed control

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

Pesticide legislation

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by Patrick Goldsworthy, MBE   Course Spraying advice

Pesticides are some of the most strictly regulated products used in agriculture, so it is important to be aware of all the legislation and comply with it.

 

Managing metazachlor in OSR

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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…

 

Tyres 2: avoiding tyre damage

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by Neil Sharman (Trelleborg)  Course Tyre management

Badly worn tyres are a false economy. Trelleborg's Neil Sharman identifies ways to prevent spot tyre damage. 

   

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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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