Call for greater attention to agronomic detail

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A thorough attention to agronomic detail and a solid grasp of integrated pest management (IPM) should be at the heart of a thriving arable business, delegates learned at the 2014 HGCA Agronomists’ Conference.

Over 350 agronomists, growers and other members of the arable industry attended the conference, which was held in Peterborough.

A series of thought-provoking presentations saw leading experts discuss three IPM areas: performance of plant protection products, rethinking rotations and using monitoring techniques to best effect.

The key point cutting through the diverse topics was that a delicate balance needs to be struck if the short and long-term requirements of the cereals and oilseeds sector are to be met.

This balance requires a firm understanding of agronomic information so the range of resources at farmers’ fingertips can be deployed to best effect and protected for the longer term.

The conference was opened by Jonathan Tipples arable farmer and chairman of the HGCA board, who said that the answer to crop protection challenges “is less likely to come out of a can”, with the solutions now coming from using “all the tools in the toolbox”.