Strategic Farm Summer 2021

Catch up with our Strategic Cereal Farm hosts and wider network to hear what’s been happening on farm. Our workshops explore this year’s work, focused around getting your inputs, land, crops and biodiversity to work harder for you.

Our AHDB Strategic Cereal Farm hosts, Brian Barker, David Aglen, Rob Fox and David Miller, along with the AHDB and trials teams, hosted webinars and online interactive workshops throughout June 2021. If you missed them, you can catch up again on the sessions to:

  • Discover the latest research happening on your closest farm
  • Find out how you could use tissue or sap testing
  • Identify the benefits of plant health assessments and flowering strips?
  • Use your marginal land to best effect

What’s happening at a Strategic Cereals Farm in your region? - Watch the webinars

Hear about the research being put into practice on our Strategic Farms in the East, West and Scotland and watch the launch of our new Strategic Farm for the South. What messages can you take away to put into practice for the benefit of your farm business? If you missed our live webinars on Friday 4 June, you can catch up again here: 

Strategic Cereal Farm East

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm East Research Update

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm East Research Update

Brian Barker and the team discuss disease treatments, the effect of cover crops on water quality, flower strips and marginal land

Brian Barker and the team discuss how trials have progressed at Strategic Cereal Farm East. What programmes have the high and low treatments for disease control had so far? What are the effects of cover crops on water quality? And what are the pest and beneficial levels seen so far this year? 

Calculating marginal land value Reducing nitrate leaching with cover crops Flower strips for pests and beneficials Managed lower inputs Strategic Cereal Farm East

Strategic Cereal Farm South

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm South Launch

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm South Launch

Meet David Miller who will be exploring trials to support growing nutrtious, environmentally sustainable food

Meet new host, David Miller, as we launch our new Strategic Cereal Farm South. Hear his vision for the next six years of trials at Folly Farm. David is striving to grow more nutritious food and looking at new ways to help enhance the environment.

Watch: David Miller introduces Folly Farm

Strategic Cereal Farm West

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm West Research Update

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm West Research Update

Weeds, soils and reducing inputs - hear from Rob Fox and the team

At Strategic Cereal Farm West, the team have been running trials on; soil management for autumn crops, ways of reducing inputs on farm and managing weeds without herbicides. There are also ideas for reducing the impact of cabbage stem flea beetle through use of companion crops, organic amendments, and straw management. 

Weather summary at Strategic Farm West Managed lower fungicide inputs Autumn black-grass control Cultivation to improve soil health and crop roots Benefits of flower strips Strategic Cereal Farm West

Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland Research Update

Webinar: Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland Research Update

Baseline assessments of plant health, soil status and pollinator numbers are the foundation of future trials

In order to measure the success of future trials, trials at Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland are baselining plant health, soil status and pest and beneficial levels. They are also looking at the benefits of responsive crop nutrition.

Baselining: Assessing plant health Baselining: Counting pollinators, natural enemies and beneficials Baselining: Assessing soil health Responsive crop nutrition timing Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland

Plant health Analysis: Catch up on the 'How to' workshops

Understanding plant health assessments

Understanding plant health assessments

Foundation level

Interested in measuring and analysing your plant health? Heard about the measurements that can be used, for example tissue and sap testing, but not sure about the details or where to start? Our foundation workshop is for you. 

Watch the workshop

Take your plant health assessment data to the next level

Take your plant health assessment data to the next level

Advanced level

Have you started assessing your plant health on-farm? Have you been using tissue or sap testing or taking Brix measurements? Are you interested in taking these to the next stage?

Watch this workshop with the Strategic Cereal Farm Scotland team to discuss the intricacies of plant health.

In-field flower strips: Catch up on the 'How to' workshops

Why consider in-field flower strips?

Why consider in-field flower strips?

Foundation level

Richard Pywell, (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Julian Gold (Hendred Farming Partnership) talk through why you might consider using in-field flowering strips to help manage and control pests.

  • What can pest and beneficials do to help the productivity of my cereal crops?
  • Why would I use in-field flowering strips to encourage pest and beneficials?
  • What are the best flower and grass species to grow for cereal pests?
  • How do I get started?

Watch the workshop

How to manage in-field flowering strips

How to manage in-field flowering strips

Advanced level

Our Strategic Cereal Farms are looking at the effect that in-field flowering strips might have – on both numbers of pests and beneficials, and on the crop itself.

Reflecting on the information gathered from these trials, this workshop session will aim to help anyone looking to understand the equipment, knowledge and resources available to monitor and manage the impact of in-field flowering strips.

Watch this workshop 

The good, the bad and the ugly; identifying your marginal land

Optimising your marginal land - getting started

Optimising your marginal land - getting started

Foundation level

This workshop is designed for those who are starting to think about optimising marginal land on-farm.

  • Where might that be?
  • What are the opportunities if you can identify it?
  • How might you start and what data would be useful?

Watch the workshop

Getting the best economic and environmental return on your marginal land

Getting the best economic and environmental return on your marginal land

Advanced level

How do you define marginal land at the farm level? How does this change with a changing climate, market prices, ELMS policies, biodiversity net gain and public goods?

This workshop is designed for those who are already yield mapping and using software to know where their marginal land is, but would like to take it to the next stage.

Watch this workshop 

 

Questions? 

Please contact us via our Strategic Farm webpages if you have any questions

BASIS and NRoSO points are available for attending the webinars or workshops live.

You can also claim for watching the recordings on AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds YouTube channel. Please e-mail ke.events@ahdb.org.uk with your name, BASIS/NRoSO membership number and postcode to claim your points.

Teresa Meadows

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals and Oilseeds
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