The Academy is for people aged between 18-39 who are involved in agriculture and want to improve their practical agronomy know-how and push their crops to the optimum performance levels.
It consists of a series of practical monthly meetings, in the field, introducing the science behind optimum crop production. We take participants through the building blocks of obtaining the best yield using the vast agronomy and trials knowledge-base available through NIAB TAG.
The aim is to cut out the ‘tin for all occasions’ philosophy and bring young farmers and new entrants back to the basics of crop production. One element of the programme will be running alongside the new and exciting work of high yield crop production on the Canterbury Plain in New Zealand; can we, in the UK, construct and produce a 15 t/ha crop to match the one they have achieved?
Places in the NIAB TAG Agronomy Academy are initially available to members of the farmer-buying group Woldmarsh, based across Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Midlands, priced at £175+VAT each. The Woldmarsh-NIAB TAG Agronomy Academy opens in 2013 with meetings scheduled in March, April, May and June and a summary meeting in November.
Plans are in progress to make the Academy available to all Network members in the future with details of additional places and courses expected to be circulated in 2013.