New Agronomy Service launched in Lincolnshire

2012 Challenges Meeting and Agronomy service launch

On 28th February Velcourt held a technical meeting at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa, near Lincoln, the event was attended by an invited group of land owners and managers.

Ken Shipley (Farms Director) opened the meeting with an introduction to the speakers and then a little background on how some of the Velcourt agreements operate. Many of the attendees were surprised by the number of different agreement types and flexibility of the services offered by Velcourt.
Keith Norman (Technical Director) updated the group on the performance of some of the SDHI fungicide products, explaining how they work and differ from other products. He then commented on their potential place in fungicide programs.  This was tied in with an update on the latest resistance facts on triazole fungicides.

Keith then outlined what is meant by a ‘Black grass defence strategy’, before moving onto the problem of Autumn aphids. The session concluded with an update on the Pesticide Directive and how this will impact on product choice and availability.

Jason Turnbull (Farm Manager – Stamford) gave a very interesting talk on Precision Farming, covering the strengths and weaknesses of the many systems which are available. Jason has first-hand experience of a number of these systems and is involved in numerous trials looking at how we can make the most of this technology.

Agronomy Service Launch

Launching Velcourt’s new independent agronomy service in the Eastern counties Simon White (Agronomist) ran the group through his ‘Career with Velcourt’ which includes a couple of overseas assignments – the first in Zambia and more recently in Ukraine. Simon returned to the UK last year and is now providing an agronomy service to clients in and around the Lincolnshire area.

The agronomy services Velcourt offers are very flexible and tailored specifically to the client from basic strategic support through to a full crop walking service. The advice provided is totally independent and based on the technical work the Velcourt R&D team produce.
James Townshend (Chief Executive) concluded the meeting with his view on UK agriculture and its prospects, followed by a number of questions and a buffet lunch.

A follow up event will be held on the ‘Cereals’ site on the evening of 11th June followed by supper in the locality.

If you would be interested to attend future events or would like to discuss the new Agronomy services offered by Velcourt then please contact:
Ken Shipley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Simon White – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.