Scottish Agronomy History

Scottish Agronomy was established in 1985 as an Industrial and Provident Society (Co-operative) by a group of progressive arable farmers together with Huw Phillips, who had been a development manager with BASF.

The objective of the Society was to produce, gather, interpret and disseminate technical agronomy information, solely for the benefit of the membership.

 The introduction of Scottish Agronomy brought a new, independent voice to the agronomy world.

Our current Managing Director, Andrew Gilchrist, was one of the first members of staff and was involved in the day to day operations of the trials. The co-operative grew from strength to strength to the current 200+ members.

Adam Christie, the current Trials Manager, looks after the extensive trials programme. The trials now incorporate more than 20,000 plots located across multiple sites across the arable regions of Scotland.

As well as carrying out agronomy research work for the members, Scottish Agronomy also has a large contract trials portfolio, working with many of the key UK and global agribusinesses. The company undertakes the majority of the Recommended List and National List variety testing in Northern UK for AHDB and BSPB respectively.

The re-development of the head office in 2015 has given extended workshop, laboratory and office space as staff numbers continue to expand.

This year, investment in the trials program has continued with the arrival of a new Sampo plot combine and satellite guided plot drill.