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Training Courses & Demos

Tim Kerr, Fertiliser Manager, Hutchinsons

SCS’s ‘Fertiliser & Spreaders Course’ is a great learning opportunity for agronomists. A combination of classroom theory and practical mean the day is both informative and stimulating. As part of their Foundation training programme all Hutchinsons new entrant agronomists attend the course prior to FACTS training.

Having a practical understanding of the importance of calibrating spreaders and tray testing is essential when it comes to advising on the best use of fertilisers."

Fertilisers & Spreaders Course

This course is aimed at agronomists, advisors, and those selling fertilisers and spreaders.
Half a day at SCS headquarters to give a thorough understanding of how fertilisers and spreaders interact.

Classroom-based theory along with field tray testing and workshop examination of 12+ different spreaders and various fertilisers. Candidates should be prepared to get 'hands on' and join in the practical sessions to get the most out of the course.

Previous course attendees have been awarded 8 CPD points for BASIS/FACTS. This is subject to change depending on BASIS approval.

Key details:

  • Spreaders: How they work and what to look for.

  • Fertiliser: Characteristics and how these affect spreading ability.

  • Tray testing demo: Method and outcome.

  • Number of people: 5 - 15

  • Venue: Rookery Farm, Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, ST19 9QF

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Other Courses

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SCS offers courses to operators to satisfy training requirements of assurance and supermarket schemes.


These continuing professional development events can be held at your own premises and tailored to cover the following subjects:

  • Legal requirements & safety regulations.

  • safeguarding the operator and the environment.

  • Transport, handling & storage of fertilisers.

  • Fertiliser types, their characteristics and how these affect spreading.

  • Fertiliser spreaders- broadcaster & placement types.

  • Attachment and set-up of the machine including headland/ border system.

  • Operating principles of the machine – adjustments & controls including GPS.

  • Machine maintenance: regular checks, cleaning & end of season checks.

  • Spreader calibration.

  • Tray testing: method and outcomes.

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