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Integrated Crop Management & New Technologies Roadshow: Moray – Event Summary

26 February 2018

Integrated Crop Management & Control of Pests

Guest speaker Andy Evans opened the meeting with a presentation about the importance of Integrated Crop Management in the control of important pests such as slugs, aphids and leatherjackets.  He covered what to look out for and the management that can be used to minimise damage as well as the ever decreasing chemical control available.  You can read Andy’s presentation slides here.A group of people watching a presentation in a room during the Moray meeting of the ICM roadshow

This was followed by Simon Gibson-Poole who told us all about drones; the legislation and their potential for use in arable farming. He also had a couple of different drones with him for everyone to look at.  There would appear to be great potential including disease survalence, monitoring crop vigor or stress, monitoring variablility in soil moisture, identifying areas for variable rate application of inputs and area measurements.  Technology is developing quickly! Use this link to read Simon’s presentation slides.

Local Agricultural Consultant David Ross then took to the floor to describe the benefits of GPS soil Sampling – how it can improve soil and nutrient management, improve yield and save input costs. Read David’s presentation slides for more information on GPS soil sampling.

Aileen Buchanan was our final guest speaker of the evening.  She discussed the changes being made to the greening rules and regulations this year.

Please use the links below to download the information sheets available to take home on the night.

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