Arable Scotland - Integrated Pest Management - Deriving the Benefits


Arable Conversations - Integrated Pest Management - Deriving the Benefits – 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 29th June

SRUC led Arable Conversation on ‘Integrated Pest Management - Deriving the Benefits’

Led by Fiona Burnett (SRUC). Panellists include: Caroline Drummond (LEAF), Andrew Moir (Arable Sector Climate Group) and David Howard (Hutchinsons).

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There should be many win:wins in adopting practices that make crops more resilient against crop health threats and associated yield losses, and also benefit the environment. But the drive to pick up more Integrated Pest management (IPM) approaches comes from many fronts. It is obvious from the numerous recent withdrawals of pesticides that we will have to rely less on pesticides and adopt more integrated practices to keep our arable businesses profitable and sustainable, but there are strong policy and market signals that we also need to address climate and biodiversity targets.

The Arable Conversation session on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), discusses the future direction of IPM and the wider links with climate and environmental challenges. It is a unique chance to identify where the challenges and opportunities will come for Scottish arable businesses in picking up more integrated management practices. Loss of pesticides are just one driver for adopting more alternative practices to protect crops against plant health threats but what are the emerging technologies that can help and how can we link crop health needs with other policies such as meeting net zero targets?

The expert panel that will lead the session, and be there to take questions, come at IPM from very different angles. Caroline Drummond leads the LEAF scheme and will describe where she sees the future direction on more environmentally friendly practices. Andrew Moir is a famer, chair of Scottish Quality Crops Ltd. He also chaired the Arable Climate Change Group which recently reported on farmer-led approaches to meeting net-zero targets for Scottish Government. David Howard is an industry expert on IPM and passionate about combining sustainability with new technologies. Fiona Burnett, who will chair the session, is from SRUC and is a plant health expert. Her team at SRUC has pioneered new ways of measuring IPM which could help drive uptake and quantify some of the benefits.

The panellists in this session will pitch the most promising new approaches and discuss how we can accelerate their uptake in the arable sector. Please join them to discuss how we can identify new approaches that benefit both the bottom line and the biodiversity and carbon footprint of farms in Scotland. Together we can explore the direction new policies may push us and consider if there are better ways to link to our markets and add value to produce grown in sustainable ways. This is a challenging and multifaceted area with mixed understandings of IPM and variable levels of uptake, so promises to be one of the highlights in the Arable Scotland day.

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Some challenging questions already. Do we overuse pesticides? What influences a decision to treat a crop and who or what would change your mind? We talk a good game about more diverse rotations as a way to make crops more sustainable but oilseed rape is struggling and legumes are often a challenge in the Scottish climate...should we get more help to really lift markets and get more in the ground?

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...