Barley ID Course

Identification of Barley Varieties from the Grain

 

Beginners 1-Day Course

Refreshers 1-Day Course

Equipment

 

 

Beginners 1-Day Course

Date/Time: 25th April/ 10.00am - 4.30pm

Registration deadline: Members-31st January 2017 after which it will be open to non-members if places are available

Location: Boortmalt Board Room, Bury St Edmunds

Trainers: Mr Bob Jarman, Cambridge Botanics Ltd and NIAB

Cost:      Members - £150 +VAT    /     Non-members - £300 +VAT    (price includes lunch & refreshments)
(an invoice will be sent shortly after registration forms have been received)

A one-day practical training course for member firms of the MAGB. Full instruction will be given to those with little or no experience. We will examine the physical characteristics used to identify barley varieties from their grains. This is a practical course designed to enable delegates to identify most varieties in all work situations e.g. intake, grain storage, point-of-sale, on the farm and in the field.

Grain characters will be demonstrated using a range of plant material including barley ears and harvested seed. Course notes will include full descriptive information on all the varieties on the current AHDB Recommended Lists.

A programme for the day is available here

To book your place use the online registration form here

 

 

Refreshers 1-Day Course

Date/Time: 26th April 2017 / 10.00am - 4.30pm

Registration deadline: Members-31st January 2017 after which it will be open to non-members if places are available

Location: Boortmalt Board Room, Bury St Edmunds

Trainers: Mr Bob Jarman, Cambridge Botanics Ltd and NIAB

Cost:     Members - £150 +VAT / Non-members - £300 +VAT    (price includes lunch & refreshments)
(an invoice will be sent shortly after registration forms have been received)

This is a one-day refresher training course for member firms of the MAGB who have attended previous courses or have some experience of crop inspecting. We will examine the physical characteristics used to identify barley varieties from their grains and look at the  most recent varieties on the AHDB Recommended Lists. This is a practical course designed to enable delegates to identify most varieties in all work situations e.g. intake, grain storage, point-of-sale, on the farm and in the field.

Grain characters will be demonstrated using a range of plant material including barley ears and harvested seed. Course notes will include full descriptive information on all the varieties on the current AHDB Recommended Lists.

A programme for the day is available here

To book your place use the online registration form here

 

 

EQUIPMENT  

Bringing the right equipment on the day is essential: Delegates will need the following:

  • Essential: A x10 or x20 hand lens (x20 is preferable) available from most good optical/camera shops. Hand lenses will be available to borrow on the day. Hand Lenses can also be ordered on the internet from the Natural History Bookstore (search under Hand Lenses) or The Loupe Store. Amazon offer an excellent hand lens with integral light for £7.99: the Illuminated Loupe (Led light) 40x-25mm (it says x40 but it is UK x20).  The Opticron 18mm x20 lens costs about £25.00. The aim of the course is to teach the characters using x10 to x20 magnification
  • Essential: A Stanley type disposable blade/scalpel/tweezers – available from any DIY store (Stanley blades will be available on the day) or a pair of very fine pointed forceps/tweezers.
  • Useful: a digital microscope with built in LED lights that fits a lap-top’s USB port. These can give a magnification of 10-200x and can take digital still photos. They are available through NIKKAI computers and sold at Mapplin shops. They cost £40-60.  One will be set up on the course.

 
Other useful equipment:
  • a mounted “Borrowdale” needle
 
Binocular microscopes and a digital microscope will be available on the course for detailed teaching and examination of specimens and characters. Delegates are welcome to bring their own portable microscopes. Compact sporting or opera type binoculars can be used effectively as a hand lens by looking “close-up” through the objective lens not the eyepiece (i.e. the wrong way round!).
 
Pre-Course Preparation
No pre-course preparation is needed. However, 10 minutes looking up the structure of the flowering parts of grasses on the internet or browsing through the introduction to a plant identification field guide would be very useful.
 

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