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Where can I find support with solving soil health, crop protection or pest problems?

AHBD’s Knowledge Library offers lots of resources for farmers and growers on soil health, crop protection and pest problems - select the Sector and Topic to narrow down advice, or search using the relevant keywords.   
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AHBD’s Knowledge Library offers lots of resources for farmers and growers on soil health, crop protection and pest problems - select the Sector and Topic to narrow down advice, or search using the relevant keywords.   
Their Tools page includes a Soil Monitor tool and a national blight update tool, and is updated with new resources regularly.
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Their Tools page includes a Soil Monitor tool and a national blight update tool, and is updated with new resources regularly.
CHAP has funded a number of precision till sow and spray cultivators. These are available for hire from Stockbridge Technology Centre, allowing farmers to test strip-tillage approaches which could benefit soil and crop health. Contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk for more information.
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CHAP has funded a number of precision till sow and spray cultivators. These are available for hire from Stockbridge Technology Centre, allowing farmers to test strip-tillage approaches which could benefit soil and crop health. Contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk for more information.
CHAP has also funded an advanced glass facility at Stockbridge Technology Centre. Arable farmers facing crop health or pest issues can contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk to discuss potential crop protection research ideas using the glasshouse.
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CHAP has also funded an advanced glass facility at Stockbridge Technology Centre. Arable farmers facing crop health or pest issues can contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk to discuss potential crop protection research ideas using the glasshouse.
CHAP also has a mobile crop science laboratory available for farmers to hire either individually or in groups. The lab can be used for sample collection, environmental and soil health testing and more. Contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk.
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CHAP also has a mobile crop science laboratory available for farmers to hire either individually or in groups. The lab can be used for sample collection, environmental and soil health testing and more. Contact chris.delf@CHAP-solutions.co.uk.
CHAP and Fera has also created Crop Monitor: a forecasting service for pests and diseases in wheat, oilseed rape and potatoes. The data is currently free, although there are plans to make this a subscription service at some point in the future.
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CHAP and Fera has also created Crop Monitor: a forecasting service for pests and diseases in wheat, oilseed rape and potatoes. The data is currently free, although there are plans to make this a subscription service at some point in the future.
Fera offer remote sensing and tests for crop health issues and disease. You can search the range of tests available and see prices here and here.
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Fera offer remote sensing and tests for crop health issues and disease. You can search the range of tests available and see prices here and here.
Fera run the ‘Big Soil Community’ a collaborative effort of farmers, land owners and scientists to understanding the role of our soils microbial communities.  More information here.
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Fera run the ‘Big Soil Community’ a collaborative effort of farmers, land owners and scientists to understanding the role of our soils microbial communities.  More information here.
Fera can also help farmers with increasing crop yield. See their range of Grower Support Tools here.
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Fera can also help farmers with increasing crop yield. See their range of Grower Support Tools here.
Fera have a pest management research and development department and offer a number of related services to farmers and growers. See here for more information.
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Fera have a pest management research and development department and offer a number of related services to farmers and growers. See here for more information.
The Farmer Scientist Network is currently running a research project comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and ‘biologic’ products on crop health. More information available here.
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The Farmer Scientist Network is currently running a research project comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and ‘biologic’ products on crop health. More information available here.
Brown & Co have established links with independent agronomists in order to support farm clients with crop protection and related issues. Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
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Brown & Co have established links with independent agronomists in order to support farm clients with crop protection and related issues. Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
Stockbridge Technology Centre runs regular training events on crop health and protection. The best way to stay up to date is to register for their mailing list. Contact enquiries@stc-nyorks.co.uk.
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Stockbridge Technology Centre runs regular training events on crop health and protection. The best way to stay up to date is to register for their mailing list. Contact enquiries@stc-nyorks.co.uk.

Stockbridge Technology Centre offers bespoke training for groups, e.g. half day workshops on crop or pest management topics of your choice. Contact enquiries@stc-nyorks.co.uk for further details.   
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Stockbridge Technology Centre offers bespoke training for groups, e.g. half day workshops on crop or pest management topics of your choice. Contact enquiries@stc-nyorks.co.uk for further details.   

Stockbridge Technology Centre runs a horticulture-focused Plant Clinic which diagnoses plant disease, analyses soil samples and provides a range of other plant heath-related services. This is a paid-for service - for details and fees, see here. 
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Stockbridge Technology Centre runs a horticulture-focused Plant Clinic which diagnoses plant disease, analyses soil samples and provides a range of other plant heath-related services. This is a paid-for service - for details and fees, see here

iCASP ran a project looking at improving soil health through different land management activities. Read more here.
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iCASP ran a project looking at improving soil health through different land management activities. Read more here.
iCASP can connect you to dedicated agricultural research centres at the iCASP university partners (Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York) such as food@leeds.
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iCASP can connect you to dedicated agricultural research centres at the iCASP university partners (Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York) such as food@leeds.
ADAS provides tailored support packages to farmers, agronomists, and to companies with interests in agronomy and cropping practice. For more information contact Fiona Tweedie fiona.tweedie@adas.co.uk or call Fiona on 07766441934.
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ADAS provides tailored support packages to farmers, agronomists, and to companies with interests in agronomy and cropping practice. For more information contact Fiona Tweedie fiona.tweedie@adas.co.uk or call Fiona on 07766441934.
The Biorenewables Development Centre can perform feasibility studies and recommend potential solutions related to soil health (e.g. anaerobic digestate as a soil additive), crop protection and pest problems, recommendations for future work and can identify associations/networks/organisations who could provide further expertise. See here for more details.
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The Biorenewables Development Centre can perform feasibility studies and recommend potential solutions related to soil health (e.g. anaerobic digestate as a soil additive), crop protection and pest problems, recommendations for future work and can identify associations/networks/organisations who could provide further expertise. See here for more details.