The success of ground-breaking crop research into the use of biological alternatives to chemical pesticides will be shared online this month.
The free webinar – Biologicals for disease & pest control in cereals: a farmer led case study – will take place on Wednesday 28th July 2021 from 2pm to 3pm and will explain the outcomes of The Farmer Scientist Network’s Crop Health North project.
Viewers will find out how wheat yields comparable with those achieved by applying chemical pesticides have been produced using ‘bioprotectants’.
Four years of trials
Working closely with farmers, a series of trials over the last four years involved the use of spring and winter wheat varieties.
The results are encouraging and the project team now hope the research can be developed further and result in a viable, widespread solution for growers.
FSN Chair Rob Edwards will be your host for the webinar as members of the project’s operational team share the project’s outcomes.
The session will cover:
- Different methods of crop protection practice.
- Results from spring and winter wheat trials comparing the effectiveness of these products on different wheat varieties’ disease resistance, yield and quality.
- Explore next steps for the bioprotectants and their use on cereals in the future.
The video below offers an informative overview of the project.
The Farmer Scientist Network is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. It brings together farmers and scientists to find scientific and technological solutions to agricultural challenges.
The group’s Crop Health North project has been undertaken at Newcastle University’s dedicated agricultural research base, Cockle Park Farm, and at Stockbridge Technology Centre near Selby with funding from the EU’s European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI).
For more information about the Crop Health North project, see https://www.crophealthnorth.co.uk/