NIAB TAG will be providing the latest advice and research in independent agronomy, crop genetics and data science with a focus on future developments and the role of technology, including:
- Variety demonstration plots - providing expert advice on winter wheat variety choice for 2017 with thirty established and new varieties plus 15 winter oilseed rape varieties with information on variety choice for spring oilseed rape, linseed, peas and beans.
- Innovation in new fungicide chemistry, new strategies and the role of SDHIs alongside the future role of EU legislation post-Brexit. Compare wheat fungicide programme options in the plots and understand the value of resistant varieties
- Improving skills development in the arable sectors - transferring the latest innovations and developments in crop research, knowledge and legislation into practice on farm with a range of practical and online courses
NIAB TAG membership services including the latest crop production advice and farmer-led research, field days, agronomy trials results, unique regional variety information and weekly agronomy updates through the season
Providing expert advice on winter wheat variety choice for 2017/18 with 30 established and new varieties plus 15 winter oilseed rape varieties with information on variety choice for spring oilseed rape, linseed, peas and beans. Advice and information from:
Clare has worked in variety evaluation at NIAB for over 25 years. For the majority of this time Clare has worked with combinable crops and more recently focused on cereals. Much of Clare’s work revolves around knowledge transfer within the industry both through the NIAB TAG Membership as well as to a much wider audience. Translating data and trial information into a digestible format for the growers and agronomists to use on the front line is a high priority. Clare is widely regarded as a key source of independent variety advice to growers.
Simon has been NIAB’s oilseed rape crop expert since 1990, having previously worked on both vegetable and fodder crops. The routine focus of his activities is on variety testing and advice on variety selection to growers. Over the last ten years he has also worked on agronomy experiments, including studies on seed rate, nitrogen inputs and fungicide response. Now, because of the threat to the oilseed rape crop from cabbage stem flea beetles since the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban, he is heavily engaged with experiments to improve crop establishment using companion crops. Simon has also worked on the nutritional value of rapeseed meal and the ‘Yield Plateau’ project. He is a Board Member of the GCIRC, the global organisation for oilseed rape research.
Innovation in new fungicide chemistry, new strategies and the role of SDHIs alongside the future role of EU legislation post-Brexit. Compare wheat fungicide programme options in the plots and understand the value of resistant varieties. Advice and information from:
NIAB Commercial Technical Director, Bill is a plant pathologist by training, with extensive experience in plant biology and applied plant science and a special interest in knowledge transfer. His expertise spans both horticultural and arable crop pathology and during the last 20 years, almost exclusively cereal disease control. He is a prominent public speaker on agricultural issues and has previously been Director of Broom’s Barn Research Centre (the UK’s national sugar beet research centre in Suffolk) and National Cereal Pathologist for ADAS.
Patrick is NIAB TAG’s Northern Regional Agronomist. A key aspect of his role is to ensure that members, particularly in the north, continue to benefit from the wealth of technical information and advice that NIAB TAG has to offer. An award-winning independent arable advisor, he is well-known throughout the region for his work on crop production and farm business management. He has over 25 years’ experience as an advisor, and was awarded Britain’s Agronomist of the Year 2001 by Crops Magazine and National Arable Advisor of the Year in 2007 by Farmers Weekly.
NIAB TAG’s Southern Regional Agronomist, Steve is also an independent agronomist and senior partner with Hampshire Arable Systems. In addition to his role at NIAB TAG, providing strategic agronomy advice and information to the membership, he has over 40 farmer agronomy clients covering over 12,000 ha, mainly in Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire. Prior to becoming an agronomist, he studied at Nottingham University and Harper Adams, and more recently he has studied for the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy, successfully completing it in 2013.
Richard is NIAB TAG’s Western Regional Agronomist, working with farmer members with the provision of technical services and strategic advice, alongside the management of NIAB’s agronomy research programme in the west and south-west of the UK, and development of knowledge transfer activities. An experienced arable advisor, Richard is regularly consulted for advice and opinion by the farming press. A graduate in Applied Biology (Crop Protection) he has spent his entire career in independent agronomy research, initially with the newly formed Cotswold Cereal Centre, then helping to launch and develop the Arable Research Centres which, through mergers including via The Arable Group, is now part of NIAB TAG
The latest developments on yellow rust and field pathogenomics with the NIAB UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey team(includes demonstration plots)Advice and information from:
Dr Sarah Holdgate
Sarah is a cereal pathologist focusing on diseases of cereal crops and the improvement of crops through plant breeding. She manages NIAB’s cereal pathology research projects, including the UKCPVS, which focuses on the monitoring and characterisation of cereal pathogen populations, and has extensive knowledge on the wheat-yellow rust pathosystem through both her current post and previous work at the breeding company RAGT. Sarah also leads an AHDB-funded project on the characterisation of novel isolates of Zymoseptoria tritici and is co-leader on other plant pathology projects at NIAB, including the development of field pathogenomics for surveillance of yellow rust in collaboration with the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Prior to her position at NIAB, Sarah was the Plant Breeding Pathologist at RAGT Seeds Ltd, where she managed the European Cereal Pathology Support Group.
Improving skills development in the arable sectors - transferring the latest innovations and developments in crop research, knowledge and legislation into practice on farm with a range of practical and online courses.
Steven works within NIAB’s membership and training services, looking after a range of clients from farming businesses, to agri-businesses and the food and drinks companies. He leads NIAB’s ARTIS training platform, which exists to apply the latest research and knowledge to the field to boost productivity. Starting his career at ADAS, Steven has seven years’ experience of consultancy on a range of agriculture and food issues for public and private organisations.
NIAB TAG membership services including the latest independent crop production advice and farmer-led research, field days, agronomy trials results, unique regional variety information and weekly agronomy updates through the season. Advice and information from:
Dr Juno McKee
Juno is Head of Crops and Agronomy Business Development and is responsible for a range of projects that involve networking with diverse stakeholders delivering services related to business, technical and educational advancement. Her scientific background is in the breeding systems of natural plant populations and she signed up to a career in the agricultural industry in 1995 when she joined NIAB. She has held many different roles at NIAB leading business development, management and technical co-ordination activities across a number of our plant varieties and seeds services. Juno also obtained an MBA during this time and was lucky enough to be awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship on Adding Value in Wheat Chains in 2003.
Andrew is the NIAB TAG Eastern Regional Agronomist involved with technical services to members in the East of England. His background is independent agronomy with 25 years’ experience across Norfolk and Suffolk. He served as the chairman of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) for four years, as well as director for nutritional and legislative affairs.