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Welcome to Root Crop Consultancy Limited

Root Crop Consultancy Limited was established in 2006, and has since become a leading independent root crop consultancy.

With over 20 years experience in carrots, parsnips and potatoes, the Consultancy provides specialist services for growers, packers and processors of both conventional and organic produce.

Based in Nottinghamshire it covers many areas of the UK and Europe, delivering agronomic management of root crops to the highest agricultural and environmental standards. At the heart of the service is a strong focus on improving crop production by introducing innovation in growing techniques…. the root to successful produce. 

Root Crop Agronomy

Crops - specialising in carrot, parsnip and potato consultancy
Service - independent agronomy tailored individually for client needs. Services for growers, packers and processors of conventional and organic crops.
Where - operating in most root growing areas of the UK, as well as overseas work
Agronomy – management of; crop planning, establishment, crop nutrition, weed control, pest control, disease protection, irrigation and storage.
Sustainability – delivery of Integrated Crop Managements systems to reduce water, carbon, pesticide and fertiliser footprints through innovation and Decision Support Systems.
Monitoring - Root storage quality checks, disease and pest monitoring and biodiversity monitoring for LEAF audits
Memberships - Professional BASIS and FACTS, HDC, British Carrot Growers R and D committee, Euroblight network.

Innovation and Development

Extension Trials - Farm based trials on varieties, pests, diseases, weeds and nutrition.
Technology Transfer - transfer of new techniques in biological and cultural crop protection into growing practice
Machinery Development - the WrootMaster Carrot Clipper for Sclerotinia control in carrots
Research - Potato Council and Horticulture Development Council project work

Pioneering Integrated Control of Sclerotinia in Carrots - Watch Video


Decision Support Systems

Dacom  – a leading DSS software platform for running disease, pest and irrigation models. Integrates local weather data, forecast stations and soil moisture sensors, for live analysis of disease, pest or soil moisture status, combined with a 5 day forecast to allow for in-time crop protection and irrigation. Windows and online versions available
Forecast-Xtra – disease risk reports emailed every 3 days, linked to local weather data and forecast. Multiple diseases/report, e.g. Blight and Alternaria on the same report.  Decision Support that requires no input from users
Root Crop Models – Potatoes;  Late Blight and Alternaria, Peach Potato Aphid. Carrot; Alternaria and Powdery Mildew. Carrots and Parsnips ;carrot fly   
Veg, Fruit and Arable Models – Veg models for brassicas, onions, leeks, lettuce, spinach celery, aspargus and tomatoes. Fruit models for apples, strawberries and vines. Arable models for wheat, sugar beet and beans
DSS Support -  Set-up, Training and Support for DSS implementation of Dacom system and Forecast-Xtra .
Weather Data - Supply of weather stations, synoptic weather data, weather forecasts and spraying condition forecasts