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LEAF Technical Day for Farmers 2016

Industry event
9 June 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm: Free
at Balruddery Farm, by Dundee DD2 5LJ
for farmers
Farmers at a field event

The James Hutton Institute, one of Scotland’s LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centres, invites farmers to come and learn about new work to assist sustainable farming practice. This year we're joined by SRUC and SoilEssentials with whom we work closely on many research projects.

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.


  • A total of 6 BASIS points have been allocated to this event. Please sign up on the day.
  • We are delighted to announce that we will be joined on the day by RSPB who will be talking to farmers about their Corn Bunting Project.

Join in the conversation before, during and after the event #LEAFTechDay @JamesHuttonInst


09:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Guided tours and indoor displays

12:45 BBQ lunch and networking

13:45 Guided tours and indoor displays

16:30 Event closes

Demos, displays and dialogues

  • Our Farms and LEAF - Euan Caldwell, James Hutton Institute
  • Cover crops in a Scottish winter - Blair McKenzie, James Hutton Institute and Alan Johnson, Kings
  • Integrated Pest Management in Cereals - Fiona Burnett and Neil Havis, SRUC; Adrian Newton, James Hutton Institute
  • Whole-system models and decision aids - Geoff Squire and Mark Young, James Hutton Institute
  • 70 year trends and current yield gaps - Geoff Squire, James Hutton Institute
  • Assessing the field performance and environmental impact of GM blight-tolerant potato in Ireland - Ewen Mullins, Teagasc
  • Using Precision Farming data to lower environmental impact and increase profits – Robert Ramsay, SoilEssentials
  • Characterising the Scottish arable farming system - Graham Begg, James Hutton Institute
  • Designing a Sustainable Cropping System? - Cathy Hawes, James Hutton Institute
  • Practical Precision Farming - Jim Wilson, SoilEssentials
  • Eco-engineering for improved riparian buffer strips - Marc Stutter, James Hutton Institute
  • Sustainable environment – can we easily stop loss in biodiversity on farmland? - Edward Baxter, Harper Adams University and James Hutton Institute
  • Soil texture, structure and impacts on root growth - Kenneth Loades and Tracy Valentine, James Hutton Institute
  • How can farm management promote pest control? - Carolyn Mitchell and Ali Karley, James Hutton Institute
  • Nitrogen fixation by Faba beans – Euan James and Pete Iannetta, James Hutton Institute
  • Improved phosphorus use efficiency through intercropping - Courtney Giles and Tim George, James Hutton Institute
  • Cereal-legume plant teams - Adrian Newton and Pete Iannetta, James Hutton Institute

To learn more about our LEAF activities and initiatives, please visit our LEAF pages.

Registration now open!

All delegates must book in advance so if you would like to attend this event, registrations are being made via Eventbrite. If you require any information about the event please contact Pam Cassidy, Events Co-ordinator, James Hutton Institute on 01382 568 751 or email

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.