Carbon Week - 1 to 5 March.


Carbon Week

Carbon Week is a series of AHDB events, taking place from 1 to 5 March.
The webinars and panel discussions will feature a range of speakers and are for farmers and growers interested in understanding more about the carbon cycle, carbon auditing, reducing emissions and the opportunities around this.
More information about each session can be found from these links:

Understanding low carbon farming

This webinar is for levy payers who want to understand more about the carbon cycle and where they fit into it. It will start to look at what actions can be taken to enhance the environment or mitigate emissions, and how this will help their businesses. Sarah Wynn, Managing Director of Sustainable Food and Farming at ADAS will talk about:
• Carbon terminology and myth busting
• What’s involved in a carbon audit
• Understanding how carbon audits can help improve farm businesses

David Lord, arable farmer from Clacton, and part of the Nature Friendly Farming Network steering group will discuss:
• His carbon journey and what he’s learnt
• Experience of using different tools

Understanding fertilisers, carbon emissions and what you can do to reduce them

Understanding the impact of fertilisers and organic materials have on the carbon footprint of your farm is important both in environmental and financial terms. Anne Bhogal and Christina Baxter, ADAS will look at how farmers maximise the efficiency of organic materials and fertilisers, understanding how nutrient management can potentially reduce the use of fertilisers as well as the added benefits, such as reduced costs and building soil organic matter. A Q&A session will be chaired by Tim Kerr from Hutchinsons. During this session, the panel will discuss practical options on how to create a nutrient management plan and how to manage the use of fertilisers on farm.

Carbon Footprinting: Save the planet and make money

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Getting to know your carbon footprint and how it can be reduced can lead to business efficiencies as well as carbon reductions. Whether you grow potatoes or produce lamb, join Seth Wareing from The Stabiliser Cattle Company and David Ball from the AHDB Environment Team to explore how measuring your farm’s carbon footprint can not only inform decisions on carbon reductions but also identify opportunities to improve profitability.

This webinar will cover:
• Overview of AHDB’s Farm Excellence network carbon footprinting activity
• Example of how Stabiliser genetics can drive carbon reductions and contribute to beef production efficiencies

The ins and outs of soil carbon – measurement and management

Understanding the importance of carbon in agricultural soils is paramount to meeting environmental goals. Join us for this cross-sector panel discussion aiming to increase the understanding of carbon in agricultural soils, including benefits relating to soil functioning. The panel will include: - David Powlson, Lawes Trust Senior Fellow, Rothamsted Research - Angus Gowthorpe, arable farmer with a beef enterprise - Wil Armitage, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar During this session, the panel will discuss practical options for improving soil organic carbon in arable and grassland situations, which includes maintaining existing levels as well as increasing carbon inputs into the soil via short presentations and a Q&A session

Supply chain requirements – building a narrative

This session explores why we should invest time and effort in measuring and reporting our sustainability and environmental performance and how this information will be required and used within the supply chain. Agriculture faces a number of challenges that will require fundamental changes, especially with farming policy increasingly focused on delivering environmental outcomes. The sector will need to demonstrate that its products are sustainable in a way that is transparent, assured and timely, to continue to ensure consumer, investor and retailer confidence. Speakers include Tom Gill, head of sustainability at Promar International. There will also be supply-chain representatives giving their views of the supply-chain challenges and opportunities.

Early moves to target wild oats

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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.


Miss Wood urges...