If you haven’t attended a NIAB TAG demonstration event in the past, or it has just been a while, the 2020 AgriSouth event is an ideal opportunity to come along and take a look at the wide range of arable advice and research NIAB TAG provides and to meet their experts and local staff.
NIAB TAG will be showcasing a range of field-based arable demonstrations and trials that enable visitors to interact with leading industry experts, including variety demonstration trials in winter wheat and winter oilseed rape. Additional agronomy and soil management demonstrations will be confirmed in early 2020. Demonstrations include:
- Variety choice
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- Crop protection/li>
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- Precision farming/li>
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NIAB’s technical director Bill Clark says: “Our untreated variety demo plots are always a popular exhibit at events, giving growers a head start on their variety selection for next season, with differences in disease resistance and performance between the varieties clearly evident. NIAB TAG specialists will be on hand to provide expert, independent advice and comment on variety choice across all cereal, oilseed and pulse crops.
NIAB TAG champions the role of independent crop research, with the UK’s largest farmer and industry membership base providing impartial information and on-farm advice. The unique regional farmer technical committees drive many of the areas which we trial. Some of the work undertaken at the trials centre at East Malling in Kent is as a result of this, including farming system trials looking at life without glyphosate, the contribution of soil conditioning materials, the use of biostimulants and the control of herbicide resistant ryegrass.
NIAB is the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, with rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science. It has the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, government and academia. With headquarters in Cambridge, and regional offices across the country, employing more than 400 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.
Working as NIAB TAG (arable), NIAB CUF (potatoes) and NIAB EMR (soft and top fruit) NIAB has the specialist knowledge, skills and facilities required to support improved crop production; evaluating variety performance and quality in the field, conducting crop agronomy research and ensuring the benefits of new knowledge and genetic potential are transferred on to farm. NIAB provides research and on-farm advice to the large farmer and industry membership base, with a range of packages translates the most recent science and the best practice into on-farm strategies. This includes interactive digital platforms and products to map, store, share and compare farm, crop and research data.
Alongside all of this, AgriSouth will be championing innovation and technical developments with an extensive seminar programme to be announced soon and one of the largest gatherings of agricultural industry machinery, supplies and services companies and specialists in the South East.
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Faversham Showground, Staplestreet Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 9SP