NIAB has developed a series of one-day training courses on grassland weed, pest and disease identification and management suitable for agriculture students, farmers, crop inspectors, seed producers and agronomists. All courses have been registered for BASIS CPD points.
5 November 2014 - all day
The classroom-based training covers grass morphology and crop management, as well as a practical identification session using a range of living plant material grown specifically for the courses.
6 November 2014 - morning only
The classroom-based training covers management and control strategies and includes a practical identification session.
The Grass and Grassland Weed Identification course programme includes:
Morphology of grasses
Includes a practical session using plant material to illustrate how the characters can be used to identify specific weeds.
The Grass Pest and Disease Identification course will provide delegates with the key information needed to recognise the major grassland pests and diseases, to understand the effects they have and the management strategies needed to avoid significant losses. Samples of diseased material will be made available where possible and delegates will be encouraged to discuss problems they have encountered.