Arable Horizons

Interactive talks exploring tomorrow’s farming technology

Agriculture and innovation go hand in hand. For centuries the adoption of new approaches and technologies, from selective breeding and more powerful machinery to chemical fertilisers and high-yielding crops, have enabled farmers to reduce costs and boost production. But what will technology for the farm of tomorrow look like?

Farmers Weekly’s Arable Horizons will be examining some of the most exciting and innovative research fields that are set to revolutionise UK agriculture over the next two decades and beyond.

Arable Horizons will be looking into spray application research and technologies which will give those in attendance the confidence that they are following best practice when it comes to spray applications, ensuring they get the most from products and protecting the environment.

Sprayer application research and technologies

Getting your spray application right is crucial. It’s all about delivering the product safely and accurately to its target, to reduce the risk of spray drift. Not only is this the best way to maximise the efficacy of the product, but with many actives under increasing public scrutiny, minimising the risk of spray drift to protect bystanders and the environment has also never been more important.

This free one-day event held at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus near York will be a unique opportunity for farmers, sprayer operators and agronomists to hear from experts on best practice when it comes to spray application and to learn about future developments.

There will be practical sessions looking at the latest research on ways to minimise drift, covering topics such as forward speeds, boom height, nozzles and adjuvants. There will also be a focus on the future of spraying, looking at emerging technologies which allow the more precise application of fungicides, pesticides and herbicides.

The day will also be an opportunity to learn more about the work carried out at the National Agri-Food Innovation, Campus, which is home to the Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), Agri-Tech Centre and Fera Science.

Programme highlights will include:

Up-to-date guidance on best practice in spray application
Advice on how farmers can demonstrate pesticide stewardship to protect water and minimise the risk of further regulation
Expert insight into the opportunities and challenges of new precision-based sprayer technologies
Insight into some of the research and development work being carried out at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus
Discussion and networking with fellow farmers and spray operators

Previous lectures

Developments in crop breeding and genetics

The future for UK soil science

Robotics, automation and associated technologies

What next for biocontrol?

Exploiting climate change for UK farmers

For general enquiries, please contact the team.