Watch – Findings from Crop Health North

The success of Crop Health North, a ground-breaking research project to trial the use of biological alternatives to chemical pesticides, is shared in this free webinar.

Biologicals for disease & pest control in cereals: a farmer led case study was originally streamed live in July 2021.

The footage explains 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 hosts the webinar as members of the project’s operational team share the project’s outcomes.

The session covers:

  • 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.
  • Exploring next steps for the bioprotectants and their use on cereals in the future.

Project origins

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 was 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

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