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Potato pests and diseases

Potato pests and diseases are costly in crop losses and inputs. In this series of academies, there are modules on alternaria, potato blight and aphids – all require vigilant agronomic management and treatment timings. Look out for more modules coming soon.

Modules within this course
  1. Potato aphids

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  2. Potatoes: alternaria

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  3. Potatoes: understanding blight

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Seed certification schemes

Seed certification schemes exist to protect growers by guaranteeing seed quality. Penny Maplestone explains the process

Modules within this course
  1. Seed certification schemes

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Seed treatment and health

Protecting the viability of the seed and the genetic potential of the variety with a seed treatment makes practical and financial sense, particularly in infection vulnerable situations. With a wide range of seed treatment options available, it is important to understand which treatment works best in a particular season, field or rotation. In this course the first module outlines how to use seed treatments safely and in a compliant manner - keep checking for updated modules in this course.

Modules within this course
  1. Treated seed stewardship

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Modules within this course
  1. Silage management

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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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Spraying advice

Learn for free from experts how to apply pesticides safely and efficiently on your farm. Save time, money and your crops. The safe and efficient application of pesticides on farm should be the goal for every farmer. With increased regulation of agrochemicals, a reducing armoury of chemistry at a farmer’s disposal and the pressing need to keep input costs to a minimum getting spray application right is in everybody’s interest. It not only delivers the best weed, pest or disease control outcome but it also minimises pollution risks and protects operator safety. This Farmers Weekly Academy on how to spray…

Modules within this course
  1. Boom stability

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  2. Choosing the right nozzle

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  3. How to spray efficiently

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  4. Pesticide handling

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  5. Pesticide legislation

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  6. Setting up your sprayer

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Sugar beet management

Timing of field operations, harvesting and storage are the most critical factors in the grower’s control for determining sugar beet yields and profitability. During the autumn period a healthy beet crop will put on about 40t/ha between 1 September and late November, so careful planning and management during this time is vital to get harvest timings right. This course provides training content on maximising sugar content, harvesting and storage. There are more modules planned, so please keep checking the online academies for updates.

Modules within this course
  1. Sugar beet: planning for harvest

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Sustainable Soils

Many fields are losing 1t/ha of soil every year due to a range of factors that are covered in this six-part course. The information has been compiled by Leaf from its Simply Sustainable Soils publication.

Modules within this course
  1. Soils 1: Structure

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  2. Soils 2: Drainage

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  3. Soils 3: Compaction

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  4. Soils 4: Organic Matter

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  5. Soils 5: pH and Nutrients

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  6. Soils 6: Biological Health

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Water Protection

Farming’s role in keeping streams, lakes and rivers is critical. Care in the selection and application of pesticides helps to minimise the amount that reaches ground or surface water by seepage through soils or run-off from sprayed crops. It is critical that pesticides are applied responsibly to protect water quality, keep water treatment costs down and avoid further restrictions being applied to farm operations. In these modules the industry’s experts impart their knowledge and advise on how to appraise your farm business to avoid water pollution, spray application as well as biobeds and buffers.

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