East Anglia: Farmers head to national agronomy centre open day

Ron Stobart, head of agronomy for NIAB TAG, checking the oil seed rape Plant roots and soil. Pictur

Ron Stobart, head of agronomy for NIAB TAG, checking the oil seed rape Plant roots and soil. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Farmers from East Anglia will be heading to the national agronomy centre open day at Morley Business Centre, Morley, Wymondham, on Thursday.

The event, organised by NIAB TAG, has the theme: “Say YES to profit.” The demonstrations and trials, mainly involving wheat and oilseed rape, will be centred on Yield (Y), Environment (E) and Soils (S).

The mix of trials and seminars, also has a disease identification clinic for a free on-the-spot visual assessment by NIAB TAG experts.

Topics to be covered on the Yield programme, which aims to work with growers to get off the yield plateau and deliver the potential, include:

Clare Leaman on winter wheat varieties

Bill Clark on disease management and crop performance

John Cussans on grass weed management

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Simon Kightley and Nathan Morris on oilseed rape

Speakers on the Environment programme’s include:

Spray application techniques with Clare Butler Ellis and Andy Lane

Resistance in broadleaved weeds by Lynn Tatnell, of Adas.

Providing winter food for farmland birds by Chris Stoate, of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Tramline management and soil erosion by Martyn Silgram, of Adas.

Two seminars on the Soils programme will be given on –

Managing soil damage and root crops by Mark Stalham

Farming systems: Soils and yield by Ron Stobart

The effect of organic matter on soils by David Gardner, of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

Timetable on Thursday, June 20:

Seminars 11.30 to 12.15pm

Field demonstrations 12.30

Event closes 5pm.

Book – www.niab.com or email mary.mcphee@niab.com