"Hutton Criteria" blight prediction tool

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‘Hutton Criteria’ could lead to new prediction tool in fight against blight 

Potato growers in Scotland are being urged to keep on top of potato late blight as improving weather has seen pressure rise to epidemic proportions south of the border. 

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Scottish Agronomy announced as Technical Support Suppliers to SQC (Acoura)

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We are delighted to announce that Scottish Agronomy Ltd have been appointed to supply Technical Support to Scottish Quality Crops (SQC)  (Acoura) as of 1st Feb 2017.

Scottish Agronomy are a well-known and respected farm advisory co-operative. Founded in 1985, they have developed to become one of Scotland’s leading arable crop trials and advisory firms. Their 200 + farmer members farm more than 50,000 ha of arable land from the Borders to Easter Ross. 

Field trials for all combinable crops and potatoes are set out in regional trials centres, covering the main, eastern arable region. A diverse range of crops are investigated, from common crops such as wheat, barley and OSR, to more niche crops like rye, triticale and even linseed.

Whilst being a farmer owned co-operative, Scottish Agronomy also have a broad range of corporate members who both utilise the arable agronomy advice, but also commission near market research in agrochemicals, fertilisers and seeds. The independent nature of these  trials means that positive results can carry more weight than industry in-house trials.

This unique position, connecting the farmer growing base with the supply and marketing industries will allow a forward looking and innovative approach to the future development of the SQC technical standard.

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Monroe Winter Wheat – A brief introduction

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Monroe winter wheat is a rare variety that “consistently comes up with the goods,” according to Andrew Gilchrist, the Head of Scottish Agronomy. 

The variety has been studied over three seasons in Scottish Agronomy’s "Supplementary Variety Trials Programme". The variety has also been widely adopted by the organisation’s members.

“Monroe was originally one of John Blackman’s varieties, and we selected it because it looked interesting,” explains Mr Gilchrist. “The variety didn’t make it on to the national Recommended List, but it has topped our Supplementary Trials for three years running with very good yields and specific weights.” He suggests that its consistency across seasons and sites the length of Scotland are important factors for growers to consider, because these results demonstrate reliability.

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