The academy covered all aspects of looking after the growing crop and was both field and classroom based. Attendees were encouraged to ask as many questions as they wanted in order to gain the most from Patrick’s experience as an agronomist.
The last meeting of this year’s academy was held on Tuesday 12th November at the Woldmarsh office. This included a summary of everything that had been covered in previous meetings. Patrick also covered aspects such as the changeable weather patterns over the last couple of years and how they have affected the farming year. It was also discussed that drilling was approximately a month behind schedule and how soil temperatures had dropped dramatically over the last month.
NIAB TAG and Woldmarsh are looking to hold another Agronomy Academy next year, beginning indoors in February before starting out in the field in March. It was hoped that the Agronomy Academy could enter the agricultural college’s competition with the team managing all aspects of a trials plot. This would include everything from what variety was sown through to the fertilizer and chemicals applied throughout the season.
If you would like to join the Agronomy Academy please contact a member of the Woldmarsh team in the office by 17th January 2014. The cost of this will be less than £200 for a season’s worth of valuable tuition and advice. Woldmarsh will once again be sponsoring a place and are looking to award this in January, with the winner being notified before the start of the academy.