Eric started at Scottish Agronomy in 2003. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with a BSc (Hons) Upper Second Class Agriculture. There followed a period of 9 years as a Consultant and later as a Senior Consultant with ADAS. Since leaving England, he spent a further period of 9 years as Area Agricultural Adviser with SAC in Angus. He is now the Senior Agronomist for Scottish Agronomy Ltd, providing strategic consultancy and applied research to a large, UK-wide and international client base. Eric is part of a team of agronomists who pride themselves in being at the forefront of technology in protecting crops economically but also being agile and responsive to new threats and opportunities for improved ways of supporting a dynamic industry. His work includes working with farmers, research organisations, private companies and government.
Eric has a wealth of practical knowledge, with over thirty seven years of experience in crop and financial management, enterprise costings, farm business appraisals, cash flow budget preparation and monitoring, compensation claims and expert witnesses. In soil management, in relation to soil fertility and fertiliser applications. Eric is passionate about all aspects of potato agronomy and potato storage. His potato work has spanned a wide range of projects from crop nutrition, foliar and tuber diseases, seed physiology. Well known as a speaker and authority on agronomic advice on farm and to support consultancy on Integrated Crop Management, combinable crop and grassland agronomy. He regularly conducts seminars and training courses on the transfer and application of science into practical solutions. Recent interests have been in soil health, plant parasitic nematodes, aphids, potyvirus and late blight. He is currently part of the operational group for the current AHDB Scottish Strategic Seed Potato Farm and the National Potato Virus Forum. He has also been previously involved in consultancy projects in Western Europe, North Africa, Asia, North America and Canada. Recipient of the Dr James Hardie Memorial Award 2021 presented by Pre-Basic Growers Association, November 2021, in recognition of technical support to the seed potato industry over many years. Associateship of The Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) May 2022. Associateship (ARAgS) is a recognition of meritorious contribution to the agricultural and land-based industries of the UK and is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of achievement to the practice and development of agriculture.