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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Rat control 1: impact on farm

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by Dr. Alan Buckle (CRRU)  Course Rat control

This module compiled by Alan Buckle, chairman of CRRU and visiting research fellow of the University of Reading explores the key challenges surrounding rats on farm and the risks they pose to human health and farm businesses.

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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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.

Sponsored By Leaf

One area in particular is the importance of measuring progress, and delivering change is something…
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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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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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Slug control 4: Sustainable slug control

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by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

Effective slug control relies on having a planned approach and an appreciation of how slugs interact with the bait, says independent consultant Dr David Glen

Sponsored By De Sangosse

Contrary to popular belief not all slug pellets are the same. They might claim to…
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How to spray efficiently

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by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

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.…

Sponsored By Syngenta

Being a frontrunner in application and spray technology, Syngenta is proud to sponsor this Farmers…
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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.

Sponsored By Nufarm

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

Sponsored By Yara

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

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by Mark Newton   Course Farm and renewable energy

For farmers with a large power demand and the right location, generating electricity through a wind turbine can be a financially attractive proposition.

Sponsored By Endurance Wind Power

Our small-scale wind turbines are designed to farm the wind and are the choice for…
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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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