WEEDING OUT PROBLEMS ON TIMETABLE FOR NUFFIELD SCHOLAR

The challenge of tackling herbicide resistant weeds across the world has led to a South Yorkshire farmer being selected to receive the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s 2015/16 Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

Richard Hinchliffe of Dikes Marsh Farm, Thorne near Doncaster was chosen from a strong line up of candidates for the prestigious award. As part of his scholarship he plans to travel to North America, Australia, South America and Germany to look at how farmers in different climates, growing different crops under a variety of regimes are dealing with the problem.

Richard explained: “I would like to investigate how herbicide resistant weeds developed, the methods used to control them and see how successfully they are being managed. I am particularly interested in finding improved cultural controls to help develop the overall sustainability of our farming systems. Through my studies, I hope to learn from other people’s lessons, so that we don’t make the same mistakes here in the UK.” Of particular interest to Richard is the problem of black-grass, which will be included in his study.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive said: “This is a hugely topical subject as it’s one of the most important issues facing today’s arable farmers. Richard has the drive and the commitment to develop the research towards eradication and sustainable management. The potential benefits to the industry cannot be under estimated.”

Richard is a partner in the 1,400 acre family farm and plays a key role in the day to day management including crop variety selection, crop walking, nutrient planning and purchasing inputs. On the machinery side, he is responsible for machinery procurement and maintenance as well as the practical operation elements.

BASF’s agronomy and biodiversity site is hosted at one of the farms and through farm open days, around 600 visitors are welcomed annually.  In addition, key influencer days are held for groups including government agencies and NGOs, supermarkets and international visitors. Richard was also the winner of the 2011 Syngenta Grass Weed Manager of the Year competition.

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20 November 2015

Judy Thompson, PR Manager. 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was established in 1837 with the primary purpose of holding an agricultural show and for the furtherance and support of farming in the region. This ethos continues today, through its flagship events, the Great Yorkshire Show (Tues 12 – Thurs 14 July 2016) and Countryside Live, (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2016).  Year round it has an active programme of events and activities supporting the farming and rural communities, particularly in the North of England. It also runs Fodder, the award winning regional food shop and café. The Society is based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire. For more information see www.yas.co.uk

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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