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Agronomy event staged for Northern farmers; FARMING.

Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTHERN farmers are being invited to Newton Rigg College in Penrith, Cumbria, next month, for an agronomy event based on the themes of risk, resilience and reward.

The event, which takes place on February 3, is aimed at cereals and oilseed growers.

It one of five to be held throughout England on the topics and will feature presentations picked by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds' regional manager for the North, Judith Stafford.

Dr Susannah Bolton, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds head of research & knowledge transfer, said: "Agronomic resilience is at the heart of our latest research strategy because resilient businesses are better positioned to ride waves of sustained low-price periods and challenging agronomic conditions.

"At Agronomy 2016, our applied research experts will focus on some key components of resilience to help growers and agronomists make more informed day-to-day decisions on the farm."

The focus on agronomic resilience complements key activity conducted by AHDB's Market Intelligence and Business Development teams, looking at managing both cost and price risks.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds has run half-day winter technical agronomy events for many years but 2016 sees two significant changes.

Firstly, the regional team now looks at the entire research programme for the latest agronomic advances. It then considers regional demand for information before selecting the most relevant topics for each area.

Tim Isaac, AHDB acting head of regional development, said: "Not only is our team hand-picking topics but it is also working with researchers to make sure the content is tailored to regional needs."

The number of events has been increased to provide more growers with better opportunities to discuss developments in agronomy with experts at the cutting edge of applied research.

Mr Isaac added: "We increased the number of events as part of our aim to connect with more levy payers and meet the demand for local activity.

"We now look more closely at where we put on events each year and move locations around to provide the widest coverage."

The Cumbrian event will be chaired by the new AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds regional manager for the North, Judith Stafford, who will facilitate discussions and provide an overview of a broad range of AHDB activity, helping businesses to become more competitive and resilient.

It will also feature three technical agronomy presentations, followed by a discussion led by a local agronomist or grower: | Making the most of early warning systems (pests); | Weed resistance: Should you jump before you get pushed? | Optimising sulphur management for yield and profitability.

For further information, or to book a place, visit cereals.ahdb.org.uk/ events, email cereals.events@ahdb.org.uk or call 0247 647 8723.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jan 19, 2016
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