UK farming challenges to be discussed at Corowa

By Rodney Woods

The challenges of farming in a highly regulated environment in the United Kingdom will be one of the broader topics on the program at the 2020 Grains Research and Development Corporation Grains Research Update in Corowa on February 20.

Leading international agricultural consultant Keith Norman, from the UK, will discuss the topic as one of the keynote speakers at the update being held at Corowa RSL Club.

Mr Norman is an independent consultant who previously worked as farm management services provider Velcourt’s technical director.

He supported the leading farming company’s UK team of 45 farm managers in crop production technology, and managed their in-house research and development activity for 30 years.

GRDC northern grower relations manager Richard Holzknecht said Mr Norman would offer insights into how regulatory controls could impact growers’ freedom to operate in modern farming systems.

“Keith will explain how UK growers have adapted and are operating in a practical way within that regulatory framework,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“He will also discuss the expected impact of climate change on grain farming in the UK and in Europe, and changes growers are subsequently making to their strategies and farming systems.”

Other topics to be discussed include the latest strategies in canola disease control and the legacy effects of nitrogen management options and the longer-term implications of choosing hay versus grain.

The 2020 Grains Research and Development Corporation Grains Research Update is on Thursday, February 20, from 9 am to 1.30 pm, at the Corowa RSL Club, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa.

Registration for the event is $30 and includes morning tea and lunch.

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