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UK: Agronomy Week 2020

Agronomy Week will run from Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December. It will comprise a series of webinars aimed at agronomists on important issues in contemporary agronomy.

Ordinarily, AHDB hosts the Agronomists’ Conference in December. This annual event is a two-day conference for agronomists, covering the cereals and oilseeds and potatoes industries. Due to ongoing restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic, AHDB has taken the decision to cancel major events up until the end of 2020.

As a result, this years’ conference will be entirely online and free to attend. To help delegates get the most out of this new format we have expanded the event into a week-long programme of digital events called ‘Agronomy Week’. Delegates can register for a series of webinars and interactive discussion sessions covering important issues on contemporary agronomy.

Agronomy Week will showcase the latest research and provide agronomists with practical management strategies to use across the rotation.

Agronomy Week live stream programme

Click on the date to view a full programme for that day

Monday 30 November (cereals and oilseeds)

  • 9am – 10.30am: How to develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for sustainable farming systems (Agronomists’ Induction webinar)
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Growing oilseed rape: achieving yield potential and CSFB larvae control
  • 2pm – 3.30pm: Yield resilience in climate extremes
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Ecological principles for weed management

Tuesday 1 December (cereals and oilseeds)

  • 9am – 10.30am: How to use the Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (Agronomists’ Induction webinar)
  • 11am – 12.30pm: 11am – 12.30pm: Risks are potentialities; how can we use the Recommended Lists 2021/22 and variety selection on-farm to minimise these?
  • 2pm – 3.30pm: Fungicide Performance and programmes
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Cover crops, rotations and niche cropping: strategies that plant a profit

Wednesday 2 December (potatoes)

  • 9am – 10.30am: How to get the best out of potatoes: markets, agronomy and the industry (Agronomists’ Induction webinar)
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Genetic resources and chemical availability for potatoes
  • 2pm – 3.30pm: Maleic Hydrazide, increasing uptake
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Desiccation

Thursday 3 December (potatoes)

  • 9am – 10.30am: How to use new technologies and new approaches in potato production (Agronomists’ Induction webinar)
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Preventing, detecting and controlling nematodes
  • 2pm – 3.30pm: Aphids and virus control
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Late blight: genotypes and resistant varieties

Friday 4 December (cross-sector)

  • 9am – 10.30am: How to measure the impact of soil management practices using a soil health scorecard (Agronomists’ Induction webinar)
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Agricultural resilience in a warmer world: planning for blight and drought
  • 2pm – 3.30pm: Over winter cover crops ahead of potatoes 
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Drip irrigation with slightly salty water

Agronomists’ Induction 2020

The Agronomists’ Induction, our annual conference for early career agronomists, returns this year as part of Agronomy Week. In addition to the main programme, new agronomists and advisers will have exclusive access to webinars to introduce them to AHDB tools, services and staff.

Find out more about the Agronomists’ Induction and how to book.

Source: AHDB

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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