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LEAF Technical Day for Farmers

Industry event
3 June 2014, 9.30am-4pm: Free
at Balruddery Farm, by Dundee DD2 5LJ
for farmers
Farmers at a field event

The James Hutton Institute, Scotland’s LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre, invites farmers to come and learn about new work to assist sustainable farming practice. Meet other farmers and hear from a local LEAF farmer what it means in practice at this free event at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm.

At this field based event, experts from the Institute and other leading organisations will show and provide insight into their work and its impact for farmers. All of the speakers will take questions and be happy to compare notes with the farming community on technical approach and farming practices.

This event is completely free to attend and lunch will be provided. There will be excellent opportunities to network with other delegates and the speakers.

The abstract of talks for the Technical Day can be downloaded below.

Preliminary programme

  • Welcome by James Hutton Institute representative
  • LEAF intro – Kathryn Mitchell, LEAF representative


  • Tramlines project – Ken Loades, James Hutton Institute
  • Soil structure – Bruce Ball, SRUC
  • Soil Essentials – Robert Ramsay, Soil Essentials/farmer
  • Soil physics and rooting – Tracy Valentine, James Hutton Institute


  • The nitrogen cycle – Tim Daniell, James Hutton Institute
  • BNF and legumes – Pete Ianetta and Euan James, James Hutton Institute
  • P use and barley varieties – Tim George, James Hutton Institute

Wider environment

  • Integrated Pest Management – Nick Birch (contact), Adrian Newton, Graham Begg, Geoff Squire, James Hutton Institute
  • Natural enemies and pest control – Ali Karley, James Hutton Institute
  • Centre for Sustainable Cropping – Cathy Hawes, James Hutton Institute
  • Farming at the crop edge – Edward Baxter, Gilston Mains/farmer

Additional sessions

  • Demonstration of the James Hutton Institute’s Soil App, with Q&A – Matt Aitkenhead, James Hutton Institute
  • Demonstration of portable XRF equipment for nutrient estimations – Charles Shand, James Hutton Institute
  • Machinery company static display: minimum tillage cultivation – company to be confirmed

Talks will be given by experts at each point of interest around the Centre for Sustainable Cropping.

The event is supported by:

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.