Free online course on the selection and management of cover crops from ARTIS

18th Mar 2015

The Agri-Tech Register and Training for Innovation and Skills (ARTIS) have recently developed a free online course on the selection and management of cover crops.

ARTIS is a national training platform led by NIAB focused on the technical skills needed by farmers, growers, agronomists and the supply chain to improve crop production.

Understanding Cover Crops, available at www.artistraining.com (e-learning tab), helps participants choose the right cover crop and provide guidance to improve the effectiveness of their cover cropping strategies. The course includes video and audio input from NIAB TAG’s farming systems specialist Ron Stobart and farmers working with cover crops and involved in the Kellogg’s Origins programme.

There are three training modules, each with a short interactive quiz. The first module outlines the benefits of cover crops to farming systems, including access to their tool-box – a collation of research outputs, publications and advice from various national and international sources including NIAB TAG. Modules 2 and 3 will be launched over the next few months and include cover crop selection, bi-cropping and options for mixes, depending on final end use.

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