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Innovative Farmers Field Lab: Willow Woodchip for management of apple scab

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Sheppy's Cider

Three Bridges

Bradford-on-Tone

Taunton

TA4 1ER

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Innovative Farmers Field Lab: Willow Woodchip for management of apple scab

About this Event

This workshop is aimed at mostly at growers who have already committed to participating in Innovative Farmers Field Lab, but anyone who is interested in finding out more about the project is more than welcome.

Many trees contain powerful pharmaceutical compounds which have the potential to manage a range of plant diseases. Willow has relatively high levels of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in ‘Aspirin’. Work with white willow has indicated that a single application of woodchip mulch in early spring can help manage apple scab later in the season.

This is the first meeting for an Innovative Farmers Field Lab looking to investigate these findings on commercial orchards in the UK and carry out a cost benefit analysis of this approach to scab management.

THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT BOOKING IS REQUIRED

There are 5 BASIS points and 3 NRoSO points available for those attending this meeting.

Agenda

10:30 Coffee/ Tea and Registration

11:00 Welcome and introductions - Tony Little

11:10 The Innovative Farmers Programme - Ben Raskin

11:20 Project overview/ Scientific background - Glynn Percival

11:45 Methodology (discussion) - Tony Little (Facilitator)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Walk to orchard and introduction to Sheppy’s Cider - David Sheppy

14:15 Practical demonstration of mulch application methodology - Glynn Percival

14:45 Closing discussion - Tony Little

About the speakers

Ben Raskin: Ben has a wide range of practical commercial growing experience over 25 years. As Head of Horticulture at the Soil Association, he provides growers at all levels of production with technical, marketing, policy, supply chain and networking support. He is also currently implementing a 200 acre agroforestry planting in Wiltshire.

Glynn Percival: Glynn manages Bartlett's Tree Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Reading UK. He is a professional member of the International Society of Arboriculture and Arboricultural Association and author of over 100 scientific papers, magazine articles and book chapters.

David Sheppy: David is the sixth generation Master of Cider at Sheppy’s Cider. 200 years on from the very first cider the Sheppy family produced, David continues to champion the same methods used generations ago, blending our rare traditional crafting skills with the very best of modern technology to create our acclaimed range of the finest ciders.

Tony Little: Tony has been involved in farmer led training and research for over 20 years, working with producers from Africa and Asia to Wales. He coordinates and number of Innovative Farmers field labs and European Innovation Partnership projects, working through the Sustainable Farming Consultancy. He grows seed of blight resistance potato varieties and manages Sarpo Potatoes Ltd’s supply chain in Wales – and looks after a few sheep from time to time!

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This field lab is sponsored by AHDB.

The organiser

Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through trialling, testing and hands-on research, we’re helping farmers find lasting solutions to practical problems. The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Innovative Farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and led by the Soil Association, supported by Waitrose.

Data protection

Innovative Farmers takes data protection very seriously and will only collect essential data from participants. Personal data will not be shared with any third party organisations without your expressed permission and will only be used in conjunction with this field lab. Under data protection law, we must give you information about the bases we are relying on to process your personal information. Innovative Farmers privacy policy can be found at https://www.innovativefarmers.org/about/privacy-policy-and-terms-and-conditions/

The Soil Association's full privacy policy is available here: https://www.soilassociation.org/privacy-policy/

By booking onto this event you agree to the terms and conditions stated in our private policies. You can opt out at any time by contacting info@innovativefarmers.org

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