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Enhancing the environment

Agriculture relies on healthy natural ecosystems to produce profitable food. However, despite efforts to improve the environment, the UK Government’s 2018 biodiversity indicators show that the decline in priority species continues.

We have now published Green Horizons Insight Report 2: Enhancing the Environment. This is the second of five Insight Reports that we will be releasing over the course of the next year as part of our Green Horizons Initiative. Please fill in the form below to download it.

Access Insight Report 2


Insight Report 2 describes our practical approach to enhancing the environment, considering:

    • Biodiversity and habitat creation
    • Meeting net zero – including calculating carbon on farm
    • Reducing plant protection product inputs, supported by biosolutions
    • Supporting and enabling customers to make environmental improvements on farm
    • Protection of water resources
    • Raising environmental awareness internally and externally

Resources available

On-demand webinars
Members of our environment and sustainability teams have recently given talks on future environmental payments and carbon calculators as part of our live webinar series. You can view past events on-demand here.

Biosolutions explained
This document has been put together by Agrii’s Technical Team to provide more information about the potential benefits of biosolutions in agronomy programmes, explain the registration situation, give a brief guide to products available and summarise the work being done under our Green Horizons ‘Field of the Future’ Project. You can view it here.

Handouts and videos
In conjunction with our Wildlife Farming Consultant, Marek Nowakowski, we have produced a range of handouts and videos looking at the vast range of biodiversity and natural resources on-farm, and simple practical measures that you can take to improve habitats and ecosystems.

             

          

Winter bird food

Marek takes a quick look at why you should consider direct drilling your cover mixes or winter bird food.

Incremental hedge cutting

Marek discusses (02:42) how incremental hedge cutting can make a huge difference to the well-being of the hedge itself and the fruits it provides for local wildlife. You can read more information on incremental hedge cutting in the information sheet here (mentioned by Marek in his video)

What are those webs in the hedge?

In this short video (46secs) Marek explains more about the moth that is behind the proliferation of webs that you might see in your hedgerows.

Bees and the farming environment

Marek gives an overview (07:18mins) of the different types of bee that you might find on your farm and their life cycles. From holes or ‘volcanoes’ in the ground, to brickwork, bees have probably made a home where you might least expect to find them.

Making space for bees on farm

A short video discussing small improvements that can be made to improve habitats for bees on farm.

Succession planting for pollination

Marek discusses the need for continuity in flowering plants in order to provide bees with necessary pollen and nectar from March to September.

Honey bees – a closer look

Marek takes a close-up look at the anatomy of the honey bee’s ‘pollen baskets’.

Ragwort: friend or foe?

Marek takes a closer look at ragwort and the wildlife that uses it (2 mins 17).

Sterile brome

Marek explains why it’s important to close the gap between the crop and tussocky grasses (39 secs)

Scorch on ash

In this video (54 secs) from late spring 2020, Marek takes a closer look at how frost damage can often be mis-identified as herbicide damage.

Cuckoo spit

Ever wondered what cuckoo spit actually is? Watch and find out!(1:01)


Agrii would like to reassure you that all practical measures and facilities to minimise the risk to everyone from Covid-19 have been implemented across all Agrii sites.

We have listened to the expert advice and acted to protect our staff and the wider community and also to ensure that we continue to operate with minimal disruption for our customers. Our COVID-19 risk assessment detailing the measures we are taking can be viewed here. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure our high levels of service are maintained.

We would like to give a big thank you to our customers, suppliers and workforce for their pragmatic response and understanding during this difficult and testing time.