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The Crop It Like It's Hot Podcast

Our Crop It Like It’s Hot podcast gives growers access to the most recent developments and opinions from industry experts and farmers using a method appropriate to the present circumstances.Hosted by Alice Dyer, journalist by day, farmer by night. Whether you’re thinking of trying a new system, concerned about crop protection or you just want to know what’s going on in your neighbour’s fields, we’re going to cover it all over the next few months.See Wistia.com/Privacy (https://wistia.com/privacy) for privacy and opt-out information.

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Is carbon trading risky or rewarding?

Net zero targets are being set by Governments, industries and individual businesses the world over, and there’s a lot of talk that land managers can help them to achieve this goal by being paid to capture and store carbon. However, the science and sophistication of carbon trading it still in its infancy and there is caution from farmers in taking the leap. In this episode of Crop It Like It’s Hot – is carbon trading risky or rewarding? we hear some of the latest developments from industry and aim to get more clarity on this fledgling market. Speakers: Samuel Smith – Farm Carbon Toolkit Dr Matt Aikenhead – James Hutton Institute Thomas Gent - Gentle Farming Clive Bailye – Staffordshire arable and carbon farmer

53mins

12 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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Soil health: how to measure and promote it

Until recently, the UK had a pretty poor reputation for its focus on soil health in crop production, compared to its counterparts in Australia, the USA, Canada and parts of Europe. But now, some of the UK’s farmers are leading the way in soil health innovation and transformation. In this episode of Crop it Like it’s Hot - Soil health: how to measure and promote it – Alice Dyer explores how we can create a fair metric for monitoring the state of our soils, some of the most effective ways to improve them, and why education and peer to peer learning is key in carrying this new age of farming forward. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

7 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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ELMs and what we know so far

As the Government unveils how it is phasing out Direct Payments and instead rewarding farmers for the delivery of public goods that improve the environment, there are a lot of unknowns about how this will really look for farmers. In this episode of Crop it Like it’s Hot: ELMs and what we know so far - Alice Dyer addresses concerns over how the new payment structure could change the arable sector with its diverse set of business models and agronomic profiles. The esteemed panel of guests who have direct experience with the Government’s pilot schemes, offer their advice on what farmers need to be aware of going into the new scheme, what support is available during this turbulent time, and alternative options out there, from working with private investors to retirement. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

29 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Regenerative agriculture – fad or the future?

Regenerative agriculture seems to be the buzzword of the moment, but whether it can or will be the mainstay of food production remains to be seen. In this episode of Crop it Like it’s Hot – regenerative agriculture – fad or the future?, Alice Dyer explores what is fuelling this green revolution in farming.With an esteemed panel of guests, including a soil scientist and two of the UK’s pioneering farmers of regen ag, listeners can get to grips with the science behind ‘good’ soil biology, get pointers for making changes to their farming systems and take lessons from the organic sector.

58mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Crop it Like it’s Hot EXTRA: IPM, Resistance Management and the future of weed control in the UK

Join a team of growers, agronomists and the BASF team bringing a new mode of action to life. Giving new hope to those battling black-grass in the UK.Many feel they are finally moving the needle with black-grass, but the as ryegrass and other resistant weeds begin to rear their ugly heads it’s time to discuss long term solutions to sustainable weed management. This is especially important with the backdrop of government rhetoric around IPM and the very real issue of resistance management. The team discuss how the industry can use IPM and new chemistry to fight the good fight against problematic weeds. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Fitting fruit and veg into the arable rotation

The UK currently produces just 18% of its fruit and 55% of its vegetables according the NFU, and self-sufficiency for both and veg and potatoes has declined 16% in the past 20 years. But has Brexit, the Covid pandemic, a greater focus on homegrown produce and agroecological farming created greater opportunities? In this episode of Crop it Like it’s Hot, Alice Dyer explores if we really do need to be producing more fruit and veg, how production can slot into the arable rotation using practices such as agroforestry, and what lessons the arable sector could take from the fresh produce industry. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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How can arable farmers be more resilient to adverse weather?

How can arable farmers be more resilient to adverse weather?Weather is possibly the biggest challenge out there for farmers, and just in the last few years we have seen one of the hottest summers on record in 2018, one of the mildest and wettest winters in 2019, and two exceptionally dry springs in a row.In this episode of Crop it Like It’s Hot, Alice Dyer finds out how weather patterns are changing, what this means for the crops we grow, and how we as farmers can be more resilient to the changing climate by improving soil health and using data to farm better. Speakers:Grahame Madge, senior press officer, The Met OfficeProf Derek Stewart, director of The Advanced Plant Growth Centre at the James Hutton Institute Prof Jenni Dungait, Soil Health ExpertHarry Atkinson, business development manager at Sencrop See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

5 May 2021

Rank #7

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Lets talk crop nutrition

Let’s talk crop nutritionWith improvements in fertiliser efficiency an ambition for both economic and environmental reasons, the latest episode of Crop It Like It’s Hot covers crop nutrition from all bases. Frontier’s Edward Downing offers practical tips to consider for boosting nitrogen use efficiency, while Leicestershire farmer, Michael Parker talks us through how he is tweaking his approach to crop nutrition to reduce the need for pesticides and get better returns.Yara’s Mark Tucker gives an update on the latest innovations coming forward in the fertiliser sector, while AIC’s Jane Salter explains how regulations are likely to look as we move forward into a carbon zero future following the advent of the Clean Air Strategy, the consultation on urea and the new Sustainable Farming Incentive. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

31 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Gene edited crops – quick fix or sustainable solution?

Defra’s public consultation on gene editing means the UK may be on the brink of having access to plant breeding technology that could revolutionise farming. However, if regulations for gene editing are relaxed, there will be many hurdles for the industry to overcome. Foremost is whether consumers are willing to eat gene-edited food, but there are also concerns over the impact on biodiversity and whether farmers will have even less access to genetic diversity. The technology undoubtedly presents opportunities too, including crops with better weather resilience, higher yields or improved resistance to diseases. In this episode of Crop It Like It’s Hot, Alice Dyer gets all of your questions answered on what gene editing could really mean for the arable sector. See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

1 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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Paving a career path in arable farming

Agriculture is a notoriously difficult industry to get started in, particularly if you aren’t from a farming background, but there are many ways you can ‘be your own boss’ in the arable sector.In this episode of Crop It Like It’s Hot – pathing a career path in arable farming - we hear the inspiring stories of four self-made young people who have forged their own careers in the world of arable regardless of their background. From taking on farm tenancies while working full time, setting up a contracting business from scratch, becoming a highly qualified agronomist or having a complete career change after serving in the army, this episode covers it all.Speakers:Harriet Ross: Arable tenant farmer and farming consultant with Strutt & ParkerJonny Kerr: Velcourt farm managerJames Edmundson: Agricultural contracting business ownerMorven Anderson: Hutchinsons Foundation arable agronomist See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

4 Feb 2021

Rank #10