New Crop Opportunities, the electronic farm management
aid, developed by the British Crop Production Council is now live
To date, more than a 1,000 users are taking advantage of the independent
information it provides to help make the right decision to invest
in new uses for traditional crops or to exploit alternative crops
which may offer new ways to make money from farm land.
Crop Opportunities describes over 60 crops from Amaranth
and Artichoke to Willow, Woad and Yew as well as new uses for
crops like wheat, barley, oats, sugar beet and oilseed rape.
“Although there is a wealth of advice available to growers
and advisers about growing alternative crops, sorting the facts
from the fiction is not only complex it is also time consuming,” says
Chris Todd, managing director of BCPC.
“Gaining a balanced, unbiased perspective to help make the
right decision to invest in any new crop has never been easy. But
today, as most farmers have less thinking time because of fewer
staff and the need to cope with burgeoning paper work, there’s
no margin for error which makes any evaluation process more critical
than ever,” says Mr Todd.
New Crop Opportunities is comprehensive, quick and easy
to use. It will help growers and advisers track down buyers, suppliers
and select a crop according to a farm’s location, soil type,
water availability, pH and work load. Many of the crops featured
also include a dynamic financial model providing an indication
of the likely returns.
To help users obtain a regular update about what’s happening
in the fast moving world of new crop opportunities including new
markets, new uses and new technical information such as varieties
and agronomy, New Crop Opportunities includes a news section
which is updated regularly by an experienced agronomist.
Subscriptions start at £25 for 24 hour access; £50
for seven-day access and £150 for an annual subscription
which will include regular updates and email alerts about new crop
To explore the value of New Crop Opportunities for
yourself, see it on Stand TE6 at Cereals 2007.
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