Syngenta podcasts to keep you InContact with news
A new agri-news service will enable growers and agronomists to keep up to date with some of the latest tips and advice whilst on the move. Syngenta InContact uses on-demand podcast technology to deliver an audio programme packed with agronomy and business information.
InContact presenter, Sam Stephenson (below, right, with co-presenter, Tom Brown), highlighted the technology makes information more easily accessible and convenient. “For people on the move, the podcast can be listened to in the car or tractor cab, or played on their computer whilst keeping up to date with other office work, for example.
“It’s designed to be interesting and easy to listen to, with content and contributors selected to provide valuable information for decision making now, along with thought provoking topics for future planning,” reported Sam Stephenson.
Appearing in the first show Andersons’ business consultant, Graham Redman, detailed implications of current UK, EU and global influences on grain markets - with advice on opportunities for growers to build into business planning. He cited current malting barley premiums, of around £27 a tonne, look highly attractive given competition from a very good Danish harvest, for example - which would make setting a marketing strategy ahead of deciding spring cropping options a shrewd investment in time, he advised.
Also, NIAB TAG Regional Agronomist for the eastern counties, Andrew Watson, outlined his decision process and advice for wheat variety selection, along with Kath Hearn of Syngenta detailing how varieties have performed over the past season. She pointed out that although Reflection had suffered from early Yellow Rust where difficult weather conditions disrupted T0 fungicide applications, subsequent T1 and T2 timings had achieved good disease control and reports of resulting yields and grain quality had been excellent.
“The whole show lasts 30 minutes, but the beauty of the podcast presentation is that people can listen to segments or pick up and carry on whenever works for them,” added Sam Stephenson.
Other features on the show included independent agronomist, Ben Boothman of the Arable Advisory Group, who detailed specific agronomy issues and solutions for growers’ he works with in Yorkshire, whilst Iain Hamilton of Syngenta reviewed the past season’s experiences and advised on some of the implications for this year’s cropping.
Rebecca Lamb (above), Operations Manager of the Voluntary Initiative, also presented some of the schemes it is working on to promote best practice that can benefit the environment and protect the long-term future of crop protection products.
"Although some of the existing rules and regulations had been initiated by Brussels under the EU umbrella, many had now been enshrined in UK legislation and would continue, regardless of Brexit," said Rebecca.
“We have a series of podcasts planned to cover key autumn workload topics, but we welcome ideas from listeners that they would like us to investigate and address with contributors in future shows.” Growers and agronomists can get involved with the podcast team through Twitter on #syngentacropsuk