There are seven Regional Technology Centres (RTCs) which form the central hubs for investigative work and in addition, The National Blackgrass Centre of Excellence at Brampton. For 2015, the main RTCs are Alnwick, Little Ponton, Ludlow, Great Tew, Grayingham, Stow Bridge and Badwell Ash.
Hutchinsons work with all the major agrochemical research and development manufacturers, investing significant amounts of capital and resource in trials and new projects. The Regional Technology Centres' open days are an opportunity for farmers and growers to benefit directly from the findings of the Hutchinsons team.
Recent investigations and breakthroughs include successful advances in canopy management for oilseed rape, resistant disease fungicide management, cereal variety evaluation for local situations. There is a full program of future studies which include looking at all aspects of blackgrass control in the absence of new chemistry.