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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Grassland weed control


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.


Oilseed rape establishment


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.

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Potatoes: understanding blight


by Ruaridh Bain   Course

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.


Soils 2: Drainage


by Alice Midmer (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

A well-drained soil means water can pass through easily and the soil avoids becoming waterlogged (anaerobic). Obvious signs of poor drainage are where water is lying on the surface, poaching problems are evident and erosion has occurred.


Fertiliser 3: Grass nutrition


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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Introduction to BVD


by John Fishwick (Royal Veterinary College, University of London)  Course Bovine viral diarrhoea

Learning what bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is and how it is spread is crucial in understanding how it can be prevented and controlled in cattle herds

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Setting up your sprayer


by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

The correct sprayer set-up can improve efficacy, reduce drift, cut wear and tear and see yield advantages of up to 1t/ha. 


Slug control 2: handling and machine preparation


by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

Slip-ups while preparing to go pelleting are all too easy to make and can lead to costly residue problems. Independent slug specialist Dr David Glen guides growers through the essentials of slug pellet preparation.


Pesticide handling


by Patrick Goldsworthy, MBE   Course Spraying advice

The filling and cleaning of sprayers has a vital role in keeping chemicals out of water. That is because about 40% of the pesticides that reach water have been found to come from pesticide handling areas. The on-farm challenge is to develop a pesticide handling…


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


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…


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

  2. Calf scours

  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

  4. Housing

  5. Winter Health: Nutrition


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

  2. Sheep lameness

  3. Worms in sheep


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


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.


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

  2. Soils: compaction

  3. Soils: husbandry

  4. Soils: poaching

  5. Soils: wind erosion