I began my agricultural career over 25 years ago as an agrochemical specialist working for a manufacturer, advising both consultants and farmers, and then as an agronomist for a distributor. My passion for agronomy grew and so too did my client base. I was very keen to separate the supply and advice and left to join an independent farm management and agri-business consultancy business in 1994. In 2001 I formed my own independent agronomy company based in the East Midlands, advising on all combinable crops, sugar beet, grass and maize. Having worked closely with Rob Ding through much of my agronomy career we saw an opportunity to join forces and employ and train agronomists. Setting up Indigro Ltd in 2011 we now have 7 agronomists and intend to expand still further. I have been an enthusiastic member of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) for nearly 20 years and have served on its board.
The role of an independent agronomist has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. Initially focusing on agrochemical inputs, the job now demands a more integrated approach and a holistic strategy, advising clients on such issues as mechanisation, cultivations, nutrition, varietal choice and end markets, management plans, through to farm logistics and an ever-increasing emphasis on soil and water management and environmental sustainability. However, despite these changes, I have always been consistent in trying to ensure the maximum return to my clients at every stage in a crop’s development.
Indigro was the logical next step in this evolution, integrating the knowledge and experience of the whole team to provide professional advice to clients and strengthen all our businesses for the challenges ahead.