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Mechanical Weeding LIVE event at the RAU
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and Innovative Farmers (IF) have teamed up to bring you the free ‘Mechanical Weeding LIVE’ event on Tuesday 9 May 2017, 10am – 4pm.
The University is currently carrying out a comprehensive weeding comparison at its Harnhill Manor Farm, near Cirencester. Mechanical Weeding LIVE is a chance to see a range of mechanical weeders in action, hear about the details and the results of the trial, and meet the machinery manufacturers.
At Mechanical Weeding LIVE, delegates can:
- Assess the level of weed control managed with different weeding machines
- Determine the impact of one or two passes with different weeding machines
- Evaluate the changes in weed populations with different weed treatments
- Measure the impact of different weeding treatments on wheat grain yield
As part of the event, delegates will take part in a farm walk, which will enable them to view the impact of different weeders on weed control, and the number of passes in the proposed field trial.
The day will include:
- A welcome to Innovative Farmers by Liz Bowles, IF Head of Food and Farming
- Introduction to RAU Farms by Tom Overbury, RAU Farms Director
- Mechanical weeding options by Dr Nicola Cannon, RAU Principal Lecturer in Agronomy
- Non-chemical weed control in conventional agriculture by Nick August, Director of August Farms Ltd
- Weed control strategies on organic farms by John Pawsey, Shimpling Park Farm
Delegates will qualify for three BASIS points by attending the event: 1 E, 1 CP, and 1 AP.
Dr Nicola Cannon, Principal Lecturer in Agronomy at the Royal Agricultural University, said: “Weed control is always challenging in all arable systems, and Mechanical Weeding LIVE provides a unique opportunity to look at different techniques and assess how they perform by live demonstrations as well as field experiments with different machinery usage. The experiment will allow farmers to see the effectiveness of the weed control treatments, and investigate the effect of weeding on grain yield and weed populations at harvest.”
Liz Bowles, Head of Farming at the Soil Association, said: “This is a milestone for farming. There are many exciting new non-chemical means of weed control on the market, and this event will bring them all together for the first time. Crucially, the trial doesn’t just assess the impact on weed populations associated with the treatments, but will go through to harvest to identify any yield differences. With increasing herbicide resistance, mechanical weeding offers another string to the bow for all arable farmers who’re interested in effective, low-impact weed control.
“Innovative Farmers brings together groups of farmers with researchers from top agricultural institutions in practical ‘field labs’. This means you get reliable results and practical solutions to the challenges your business is facing.”
To find out more, view the full event programme, and book your free place, visit the event page. You can also watch video updates of the trial site, and read the latest blog.
Get involved in the discussion using #MWLive17 on Twitter.