Team

Meet our talented agronomists

Hampshire Arable Systems is made up of a team of 6 agronomists. All members are fully BASIS and FACTS qualified. Find out more about our team below. 


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Steve Cook


I have been with Hampshire Arable for over 30 years, delivering all aspects of Agronomy advice from variety selection, fertiliser planning and crop protection recommendations to cross compliance. I graduated from Nottingham University with a Crop Science degree and followed that with a Post Graduate Diploma in Crop Protection from Harper Adams. I advise on over forty farms in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, and Sussex. I have also delivered advice on Cross Compliance, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Nutrient Planning. I hold the BASIS Diploma in Crop Protection having completed the following BASIS courses; Integrated Crop Management, Soil & Water, Conservation Management, Advanced Cereals, Nutrient Management Planning, and the Plant Protection Award. I deliver training on pesticide legislation for the local BASIS training courses.

I also work, on a part time basis for NIAB TAG as a Regional Agronomist covering the Wessex Area (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and surrounding counties).  My NIAB TAG responsibilities are writings updates and strategies, as well as organising field days and local meetings.

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Stewart Sinclair


I joined Hampshire Arable Systems in 2005, after spending 3 years as a distributor agronomist with Hutchinsons, and currently provide all aspects of agronomic advice to over 40 clients in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Surrey, covering over 20,000 acres. I graduated from Harper Adams in 2002, with a Degree in Crop Protection, and have recently achieved the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. I have also been a member of the AICC since 2005.

As well as providing an agronomy service, I have been involved in delivering advice through the Catchment Sensitive Farming Initiative, which involved Soil and Nutrient Management Plans, and Slurry Infrastructure guidance. Each year I also provide NRoSO training to over 150 spray operators.

 

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Sarah Symes


Sarah joined HAS in September 2012 as a graduate from Harper Adams with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and Crop Management. She provides agronomy advice to around 35 farms covering Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

In conjunction with Stewart she provides NRoSO training to over 150 sprayer operators every winter and writes monthly newsletters which are distributed to all our clients.  

 

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Emma Martin


Emma joined Hampshire Arable Systems as an agronomist in 1993 after embarking on her agronomy career with Bucks, Berks and Oxon Farmers.

Since that time she has been working with farmers across Hampshire keeping them up to date with the ever changing agronomy advice.

She provides technical advice on all aspects of crop management from a full agronomy service through to strategy management planning and telephone advice on all combinable and forage crops.     

Computer generated recommendations and detailed reports which includes N-Max calculations, nitrogen, p& k, cropping and drilling plans. Emma likes to consider all aspects of your arable enterprise and not just chemical recommendations.

Emma is also a partner in Crop Advisors that is a specialist agricultural buying group focused on purchasing agrochemical, seed, fertiliser and precision farming. It is designed to support independent agronomists and their clients. Crop Advisors is a collaboration of 18 independent agronomists that run their own businesses but come together to share their technical expertise and to maximise their group purchasing to ensure their farms are receiving guaranteed volumes and the best negotiated price.  

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Howard Nason


Howard graduated from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College with an HND in agriculture in 1999 and has since achieved qualifications in BASIS, FACTS, ICM and NMP.

He provides computer recommendations for all agrochemical and fertiliser inputs along with drilling and nutrient management plans.

Along with advice on conventional arable cropping Howard also provides agronomy advice on various forage crops, grassland and gamecover.

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Julian Lewis


Julian passed his BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection and FACTS in 2000 and 2001 and has now achieved the BASIS Diploma in agronomy having passed the remaining 5 modules to further his knowledge. With his wife Jenny he has run Octopus Agronomy Training since 2002 which prepares new candidates for the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection.

The farming operation covers about 440 ha for 10 landowners on clay cap over chalk spoils close to the HAS / Crop Advisors office. Julian has now been crop walking farms for HAS and Wessex Agronomy since 2010 and can offer a farmer’s viewpoint as well as agronomic opinion when planning crop management. 

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