Crop Doctor – First responders for field affliction


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For so many reasons, spring 2020 will be one of the hardest to manage in terms of keeping disease under control. CPM joined the Crop Doctors as they took a virtual tour of England’s trial plots. The very fact we’re using the word ‘hope’ is not a good sign. By Tom Allen-Stevens The irony could barely be more pungent: the country’s on lockdown due to the biggest disease threat humanity may have faced in living memory. And it’s hampering the efforts of growers and agronomists across the UK to assess the disease threat facing the nation’s crops. But it hasn’t stopped the Crop Doctors. Every year, cereal pathogen experts Jonathan Blake of ADAS and SRUC’s Prof Fiona Burnett have taken a whistle-stop tour of the UK to assess the state of the nation’s cereal crops in an initiative supported by Bayer. They’ve reported on the fungal priorities that face Britain’s growers as they strive to bring healthy crops to harvest. This year, COVID-19 may have grounded the helicopter, but it hasn’t quelled the quest. At four sites in Herefordshire, Oxon, Lincs and Yorks, trial plots were visited on the same day at the end of March by Bayer field…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...