Xmas book for trainee agronomist

Bit of a longshot, but a relative is training to be an agronomist, would appreciate any book ideas which focus on Regenerative Ag somehow. many thanks
 

alomy75

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Bit of a longshot, but a relative is training to be an agronomist, would appreciate any book ideas which focus on Regenerative Ag somehow. many thanks
Depends on their level of experience; if little ag background ‘The Agricultural Notebook’ by RJ Soffe will be like a bible to him/her. Includes aspects of RA but to be honest basis/facts is still based around more traditional farming techniques still. Having said that; cultural controls are always asked for first before reaching for something in a bottle...what would be really useful to them would be the freebie weed/disease/pest ident books you get from Cereals etc. There is a nice direct drilling book; can’t remember the title but if you just put ‘direct drilling’ into eBay you’ll find it
 

JoeHodgey

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Bit of a longshot, but a relative is training to be an agronomist, would appreciate any book ideas which focus on Regenerative Ag somehow. many thanks
Dirt to soil- gabe brown
Soil owners manual - John stikka
For the love of soil - Nicole masters
David Montgomery - has a trilogy of good books
John kempf’s regenerative agriculture podcast is excellent and he has brilliant webinar content on YouTube

These would be a good start, all are available on Spotify or audible
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
I wish all agronomists took note of that comment!!
Not easy - by the time the agronomist is called in, the opportunity to use the non chemical measures is gone and they are being asked to react. We've talked about how the agronomist needs to be involved with the decision making process from the very outset. A fungicide "programme" for a wheat starts several months before it is even planted...
 

richard hammond

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BASIS
Not easy - by the time the agronomist is called in, the opportunity to use the non chemical measures is gone and they are being asked to react. We've talked about how the agronomist needs to be involved with the decision making process from the very outset. A fungicide "programme" for a wheat starts several months before it is even planted...
Easy answer is to your" answer" is if the Agronomist is part of the farming business he or she will be fully aware of the problems from the start of cultivations/planting!!
 

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...
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