Crop issues to be tackled at agronomy workshops

The comments were made at Scottish Agronomy's conference.

Arable farmers are invited to attend a series of agronomy workshops next month.

Organised by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC, in conjunction with levy body AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, the events will give growers the chance to hear from specialist speakers on a range of issues such as crop varieties, markets, soil health, cover crops, pollinators and diseases.

SRUC’s team leader in agronomy, Steve Hoad, will announce the top varieties to look out for in 2018 and Julian Bell, of SAC Consulting, will provide a cereals market overview and outline the importance of product specifications.

AHDB knowledge exchange manager for Scotland, Gavin Dick, said practical measures to reduce the stress on the soil would also be discussed, while Andy Evans, of SRUC, said other workshop topics would reflect the concerns expressed by farmers and growers in the last few months.

The Aberdeenshire event takes place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie. A Highlands event is planned for Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.