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Course Categories Archives: Arable

Cereal diseases

Uncontrolled diseases in wheat and barley cost more than £100m per year in lost yield and quality, despite more than £80m being spent on fungicides to control them. Disease levels vary from crop to crop, year to year depending on crop resistance, fungicide effectiveness and weather conditions. These modules focus on some of the most imporatant diseases, but look out for new modules on brown rust, mildew and eyespot amongst others.

Modules within this course
  1. Barley yellow dwarf virus

  2. How to manage ramularia in barley

  3. Yellow rust


Fertiliser management

Effective nutrient management is a fundamental part of good farm practice and to farm profitability. Getting the balance of nutrients right from all sources available to the growing crop - organic, soil and liquid or bagged fertiliser - can make a real difference to enterprise margins The economic response in crop or grass yields far outweighs the fertiliser cost up to the "break-even point" - the point at which one additional kilogram of nutrient is just paid for by the value of the extra yield it produces. This series of academies looks at managing the careful balance of crop needs, application rates and environmental care.


Fungicide management in cereals

High wheat prices make it essential to plan an effective wheat disease control strategy. Rarely has there been such a chance to reap the benefits that this, and new chemistry, brings. The modules in this course focus on planning and implementing wheat fungicide programmes – as well as specific advice on targeting key diseases.


Grassweed management in cereals

Managing grassweeds in an arable rotation is becoming ever-more challenging as herbicide resistance increases, the industry loses active ingredients approved for use and as pressure increases on protecting water courses. Effective control requires combining cultural and chemical techniques such as delayed drilling, using stale seedbeds and getting herbicide application timings right. At the heart of effective control is minimising weed seed return within rotations and testing for herbicide resistance if it is suspected. Advice from the UK's leading national weed experts is included in this Academy course: Sarah Cook and James Clarke of ADAS, Peter Lutman and Stephen Moss from…


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…


Lodging control in cereals

Lodging robs crop yield and quality and if it occurs late in the growing season can have a significant impact on grain drying costs. Correctly identifying when tillering ceases and stem elongation starts in early spring is crucial to effective lodging, as well as nitrogen and fungicide management in wheat. This module helps you identify the key winter wheat growth stages of 30 and 31, as well as understand the issues around lodging.

Modules within this course
  1. Growth stage 30-31

  2. Lodging in cereals


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


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.

Modules within this course
  1. Growing hybrid oilseed rape

  2. Managing metazachlor in OSR


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

  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

  4. Turnip yellows virus


Pesticide management

Careless handling of pesticides can not only cause pollution incidents but it can cost you money in loss of product, fines and/or your single farm payment. In these three modules experts in pesticide management provide guidance on handling, packaging and waste management.

Modules within this course
  1. Pesticide packaging

  2. Pesticide waste management