AICC - DELIVERING INDEPENDENT AGRONOMY
AICC plots at CEREALS 2020 would have highlighted the options available to growers to help mitigate the loss of key actives with regards to sustainable pest and disease management. Agronomists representing the whole of the UK were ready for growers to come on to the stand and discuss their season and how independent agronomy could bring value and save costs on their farm. AICC agronomists can be contacted to engage and discuss the benefits of independent agronomy via the AICC website www.aicc.org.uk
The demonstration plots would have illustrated examples of countering the loss of Chlorothalonil (CTL) by comparing wheat varieties with higher Septoria resistance ratings with others which have lower resistance ratings, as well as looking at alternative multi-site fungicides and the pros & cons of remaining options.
AICC agronomists would be on hand to demonstrate how the adopted and implemented use of IPM techniques such as choosing BYDV tolerant cereals or turnip yellow resistant Oilseed rape varieties can help mitigate against the losses associated with aphid borne viruses and in so doing offer the potential opportunity to avoid the use of non-selective insecticides.
Another important area of AICC R&D that would have been highlighted, was the optimum nitrogen programme and other nutritional strategies for managing high yielding wheats both for yield and grain quality, and whether lower cost sources of N supply, such as urea in a stabilised form can deliver & be utilised without risking increased gaseous ammonia losses from the field.
Forums on the day would have used the results from our comprehensive AICC national trials programme where amongst many other areas we are looking at nitrogen fertiliser product choice, the agronomic merit of growing BYDV resistant winter barley, and evaluating the flexibility of fungicide programmes without the use of CTL by growing varieties with a high Septoria resistance rating, comparing existing and future chemistry as well as showing how to optimise all other inputs.