The Crop it Like it’s Hot Podcast
The podcast is a collaboration between Arable Farming magazine and The CropTec Show, 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.
EPISODE 15 – JULY 2021
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.
BONUS EPISODE – JUNE 2021
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.
EPISODE 14 – JUNE 2021
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 fruit 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.
EPISODE 13 – MAY 2021
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.
EPISODE 12 – April 2021
Let’s talk crop nutrition
With 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.
EPISODE 11 – March 2021
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.