The NIAB stand at the Cereals Event is known for providing the latest technical advice and research in variety choice, independent agronomy, soil and rotation management, crop genetics and data science.
The full list of exhibits planned for 2020, which will now be covered by plot-based videos, webinars, downloadable guides, topic sheets and information posters, include:
The 2020 NIAB Soil Pit was to focus on rotational choices with the crop plots along each side of the pit allowing a comparison of above and below ground crop growth. Visitors may not be able to step down into the soil hole this year, but Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, the NIAB Farming Systems team and NIAB Innovation Farm’s Dr Lydia Smith will be covering rotations and more in the videos and with supporting material.
“Rotational decisions are often made with limited thought about the impact on soil,” says Dr Stockdale. “Spring and autumn sown herbal leys allow growers to consider their rotational diversity options and we will also take a look at some crop alternatives to winter oilseed rape, including linseed, canary grass, naked oats and ahi-flower, and a companion cropping with spring beans.
NIAB is working closely with CFE and Agricology, to provide practical ways of enhancing soil biology, soil monitoring and making soils more resilient to extremes of weather with farmers, researchers and other industry specialists. A programme of webinars will give everyone a chance to share their experiences with improving soil health and the resulting environmental and economic benefits.