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Tillage Farming’s Big Challenge, Lessons from America @ Throws Farm

  • 17 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Throws Farm Technology Centre, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3AQ, UK
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Tillage Farming’s Big Challenge

Reduced Tillage, Herbicide Resistance and Blackgrass

Lessons from America

A workshop presented by: Tom Mueller

Thomas C Mueller
Professor, Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee


Professor Richard GodwinImage result for Professor Richard Godwin
Harper Adams University

The combination of reduced tillage (min-till, no-till), blackgrass emergence and herbicide resistance has led to a crisis situation for many UK tillage farmers. This is not just a UK problem and is symptomatic of a major challenge facing global agriculture. Considerable research has been undertaken internationally on these issues, no more so than in the USA where both research and practice provide a unique insight on how to manage this global and UK problem.

Research at the University of Tennessee (USA) combined with on-farm practices provide useful indicators for the UK. Indeed, the variations in soils, topography, climate and farming practices across the State have parallels with the UK with respect to the impact of reduced tillage systems and the emergence of herbicide resistant weeds, such as blackgrass.

This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading expert on the subject from the USA, Professor Mueller. He will be joined by a panel of experts and farmers from the UK who will present their interpretation of the relevance of the American experience to UK tillage.


10.00 – 10.30 Arrival, Coffee and Registration

10.30 – 10.35 Opening (Prof Ward)

10.35 – 11.20 Reduced tillage in Tennessee and Comparing and Contrasting Herbicide Resistant (HR) Blackgrass in England to HR weeds in Tennessee, USA (Prof Mueller, University of Tennessee)

11.20 -11.30 Discussion

11.30 - 11.50 Coffee

11.50 - 12.10 Key points on reduced tillage in the UK arising from the report “Potential of “no-till” systems for arable farming” (author: Prof Godwin; supported by the Worshipful Company of Farmers) (Prof Godwin)

12.10 – 12.30 UK perspective on glyphosate stewardship to decrease risk of resistance (B. Hunt, Monsanto)

12.30 – 12.45 Discussion

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 13.45 Relevance of the USA experience to UK agriculture (TBA)

13.45 – 14.30 Discussion forum (invited panel plus presenters)

14.30 – 14.45 Synopsis of outcomes from the workshop (Prof Ward)

14.45 End

4 Basis points are available for this event

The event is kindly supported by Monsanto


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