Cereals Challenge 2019
Teams Take Integrated Approach in Bid to Win Cereals Challenge
Students competing in the 2019 Cereals Challenge have had to think on their feet and use integrated crop management to overcome agronomy challenges and the odd “curved ball” in efforts to take top honours when the winner is announced at the Cereals Event on 12 June.
Five teams are taking part in the 10th year of the competition, organised by crop production specialists Hutchinsons and farm business management company Velcourt, to see who can manage the best “virtual” crop of spring barley, using many of the resources available to agronomists.
The competition kicked-off in February, when teams had to plan their approach to seedbed preparation, variety selection, drill choice, drilling date, seed rate, and early weed control, focussing on black-grass.
Subsequent monthly tasks have required teams to explain and justify their approach to other areas of agronomy, including disease control and growth regulation, as if they were managing a real barley crop.
This year’s competition includes a strong environmental focus, with an extra award for the team demonstrating the strongest awareness of environmental protection and integrated pest management (IPM) principles.
Learn more about the tasks faced HERE
Learn more about the teams progress so far HERE
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