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The demand for precision farming training courses doesn’t seem to be slowing down. At the end of 2012 I ran 15 workshops for farmers up and down the country on behalf of Catchment Sensitive Farming.

The 1/2 day courses were the Be precise training courses which have been delivered before, but not on a scale or volume like this. Working with local CSFOs we saw a very different set of farmers, generally farmers who had not been involved with precision farming before and wanted to know more. In a couple of areas we had very experienced farmers who were able to add practical hands on experiences to the course, this always goes down well with the rest of the delegates.

Thankfully feedback was really positive and a copy of the report can be found here.

hgca-bepreciseStarting on the 14th of November Catchment Sensitive farming (CSF), supported by HGCA, are organising 14 precision farming workshops for growers. I’m delivering the workshops on-behalf of HGCA and am very excited about working with so many farmers in such a short space of time.

The courses are free and include a free lunch and will cover the fundamentals of precision farming. Having run 10 of these courses already whether the grower is experienced with precision farming technology or not there is always something that can be learnt from these courses, so there is something for everyone.

The half day workshops, will cover a range of topics including,

1) How does PF work?

2) The Cost:Benefit opportunities of precision farming

3) What’s variation costing me?

4) What’s inaccuracy costing me?

5) Making the decision

To down load the course content click here:

 

The courses will be run in the following dates

14th November – NFU North West Branch, Agriculture House, Skelmersdale

15th November – Conkers, Nr Swadlincote, Derbyshire

16th November – Les Rosbifs at Northfield farm, Oakham, Leicestershire

20th November – Leaden Roding Village hall, Dunmow, Essex

21st November- Home Farm, Swanbourne, Bucks

22nd November- Rixworth Country Park, Brixworth, Northants

27th November- Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Dorset

28th November- Goodward Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

29th November- Wherwell Cricket pavillion, Wherwell, Hampshire

4th December- Beal Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

5th December- Bishop Burton College, East Riding of Yorkshire

6th December- Elsham Golf Club, Elsham, North Lincolnshire

13th December- The Rural Regeneration Centre, Hadlow, Kent

14th December- The Black Pig, Canterbury, Kent

To book on a course click here

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HGCA, PCL and HDC staff on a Be Precise training course at Crowmarsh Battle farms

10 staff members of HGCA, PCL and HDC participated in a Be Precise training course at Crowmarsh Battle farms in South Oxfordshire on Wednesday 21st March. The aim of the day was to expand the practical knowledge of precision farming with key members of staff rather than it just being a theoretical process.

I delivered the morning session, which was a Be Precise training course and I was ably assisted by Philip Chamberlain who owns the farm. He was able to provide real practical input of what he’s doing on the farm during the classroom session before we all moved outside to see tractors in action.

Then everyone had a ride on either a Cat tractor or the JCB Fasttrac, both equipped with RTK steering systems to demonstrate the steering systems and how they work in reality.

Overall a great day for everyone and huge smiles on everyone’s face after they had been on the tractors and the steering demonstrations. Thanks to Philip and his team at Crowmarsh for the use of their facilities.