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Bringing open days and events online

 

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.


 

Plot-based videos, webinars, downloadable guides, topic sheets and information posters

  • Variety demonstration plots – video footage from 32 established and candidate wheat varieties (treated and untreated), 24 winter oilseed rape varieties, and information on spring oilseed rape, linseed, peas and beans;
  • The Soil Pit – focusing on rotational choices and comparing above and below ground crop growth including linseed, naked oats, herbal leys and companion cropping;
  • Crop protection and nutrition advice including new fungicide chemistry, new strategies and a comparison of wheat fungicide options;
  • Research and information on rotations, cultivations, tillage and soil management, including a look at alternative break crops to oilseed rape;
  • Risk factors for weed control in oilseed rape and cereals – including blackgrass, rye brome and broad-leaved weeds;
  • Plant disease research and new diagnostic techniques
  • NIAB crop research; using new plant breeding tools and technologies to help shape the future of our crops, including nitrogen use efficiency. From GM to gene-editing, re-synthesis to MAGIC – our demonstration plots show how wheat breeding research, and the use of new techniques, is improving the yield, efficiency and resilience of global crop production.

 

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A mix of videos, webinars and podcasts

Winter wheat variety choice

Oilseed rape & break crops

Weed management

Seed certification and variety testing

NIAB at Cereals 2020 - an introduction to our tours

Technical Director Bill Clark showcases some of the plots that were planned for the NIAB stand at the 2020 Cereals Event site, with more detailed plot tours with demonstrators available by video on the Cereals Live and NIAB Virtual Event Hub websites

 

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Winter wheat variety choice

Group 1 winter wheat variety choice - tour

Filmed at the Cereals Event site NIAB's cereals variety specialist Clare Leaman and technical director Bill Clark take a look at their choices for nabim group 1 winter wheat varieties for next season



Group 2 winter wheat variety choice - tour

Filmed at the Cereals Event site NIAB's cereals variety specialist Clare Leaman and technical director Bill Clark take a look at their choices for nabim group 2 winter wheat varieties for next season

Group 3 winter wheat variety choice - tour

Filmed at the Cereals Event site NIAB's cereals variety specialist Clare Leaman and technical director Bill Clark take a look at their choices for nabim group 3 winter wheat varieties for next season


 

Group 4 winter wheat variety choice - tour

Filmed at the Cereals Event site NIAB's cereals variety specialist Clare Leaman and technical director Bill Clark summarise their choices for nabim group 4 soft and hard feed winter wheat varieties for next season, finishing with Clare’s variety highlights across all groups.


 

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Disease management section

Resources 

  • An introduction to Rustwatch - posters

Click to view/download our RustWatch information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand.


 

Winter wheat variety trials and Rustwatch (May 2020)

It is early May 2020 and NIAB Technical Director Bill Clark shows the early season growth and disease differences between NIAB's January drilled winter wheat variety trials at Cambridge and the October drilled 2020 Cereals Event site at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. He and cereal plant pathologist Lucy James also discuss the Rustwatch programme, of which NIAB is a partner.


 

Fungicide timings in wheat (May 2020)

It's May 2020 and Aoife O' Driscoll and Bill Clark take a look at the demonstration plots at the Cereals Event site near Duxford in Cambridgeshire in early/mid-May. They discuss fungicide timings and look at septoria and yellow rust.

 


 

Yellow rust and RustWatch - update (June 2020)

It's June 2020 and, as an update to the May introduction, NIAB's Technical Director Bill Clark talks about the challenge of yellow rust and how, via Rustwatch, international collaboration on surveillance and research into the disease is helping breeders and growers.

 


Fungicide interactions with Bill Clark (June 2020)

Filmed at the 2020 Cereals Event site NIAB Technical Director Bill Clark discusses current and future winter wheat fungicide options as part of NIAB's fungicide interactions trial


 

Wheat fungicide options posters (June 2020)

Download our winter wheat fungicide information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand. This year NIAB's Technical Director Bill Clark has summarised new fungicides for 2020 and 2021, fungicide inputs versus yield potential and matching fungicides to varieties, based on published ratings, NIAB TAG trials and personal observations.

 

Monitoring disease race changes - poster

Monitoring disease race changes - poster

Funded by AHDB and APHA, and managed by NIAB in Cambridge, the  UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS) has been monitoring cereal rusts and mildews in the UK for more than 50 years. It provides an early warning system to growers and plant breeders of new races of disease that could overcome current variety resistance, and underpins the AHDB Recommended List disease resistance ratings. NIAB pathology lead Dr Lucy James summarises the latest work and advice from UKCPVS.
Disease diagnostics - poster

Disease diagnostics - poster

In the International Year of Plant Health - take a brief look at some of NIAB's pathogenomic research, with Dr Jane Thomas showcasing some of the new technologies used in understanding diseases. Click and view/download the information flyer, usually seen as a poster board at our open days and the Cereals Event stand.

 

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The Soil Pit

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.

Dr. Elizabeth Stockdale - Head of Farming Systems, NIAB

“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.
Soil pit

Soils and farming systems

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.


 

Soil health assessment - guide and video tour

NIAB's Dr Elizabeth Stockdale introduces the new ASDA Soil Health Assessment Guide, developed by NIAB and the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership. The Guide is available here to download.

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Resources

Wheat production and climate change - posters

 

NIAB Technical Director Bill Clark and Head of Farming Systems Elizabeth Stockdale outline how improving and increasing crop production can help tackle climate change. Click and view/download our information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand.

Resources 

Controlled Traffic Farming - poster

 

NIAB's Head of Farming Systems Elizabeth Stockdale summarises the collective experience of Canadian farmers using controlled traffic farming. Click and view/download our information flyer, usually seen as a poster board around our open days and the Cereals Event stand.

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Cover crops, living mulch and leys 

This discussion was recorded with the NIAB and AgriEcology teams in early June, from the NIAB Cereals soil pit stand and the NIAB Innovation Farm demonstration area at NIAB in Cambridge, exploring alternative breaks in arable rotations from cover crops, to longer terms covers of living mulch and leys.  Exploring the benefits of more diverse herbal leys in arable rotations and opportunities for both integrating livestock / collaborating with livestock farmers as well as the potential in stockless systems.

Featuring NIAB's Nathan Morris on cover crops and living mulches, George Crane on mycorhizzal associations; Dr Lydia Smith and Patrick McKenna on herbal leys and Bangor University's Emily Cooledge on the benefits for animal health and collaboration between arable and livestock farmers. James Alexander (Litchfield Farm, Oxfordshire / PrimeWest) also shares his experiences of putting this into practice in both organic and conventional systems. James has been innovating with cover crops, living mulch and leys and is working in collaboration with a sheep farmer.

This virtual event was a collaboration between Agricology, NIAB and CFE. Learn more about cover crops, living mulch and leys at www.agricology.co.uk

 

CFE virtual workshop - soils, water, wildlife & profit

Filmed by CFE, Phil Jarvis, farm manager at the GWCT Allerton Project and NFU Environment Forum Chairman, features in a virtual workshop on water, soils, wildlife and profit on farm. Hear from Phil on activities undertaken at Loddington and the wider catchment to protect and improve water quality and soil, while maintaining farm incomes and meeting environmental objectives.


 

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Oilseed rape & break crops

Resources

Oilseeds and pulses variety choice posters (May 2020)

 

Download our information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand. These are NIAB's analysis of varieties for maximising yield and spreading risk, based on published ratings and personal observations, in winter oilseed rape, spring oilseed rape and linseed, and pulses for the 2020/21. For the full datasets refer to the appropriate Recommended or Descriptive List.


 


 

Winter oilseed rape variety choice - flowering time tour

NIAB Break Crop Specialist Colin Peters talks through a selection of the winter oilseed crop varieties grown on our demo plots at the Cereals Event site near Duxford in Cambridgeshire. This video shows the plots at flowering time in late April 2020.


 

Winter oilseed rape variety choice - pod stage tour

NIAB break crop specialist Colin Peters is back at our demo plots at the Cereals Event site near Duxford in Cambridgeshire. Now that the plots are at pod development stage, up he talks through a selection of the winter oilseed crop varieties. This video shows the plots at in late May 2020.


 

CSFB monitoring & crop strategies

Dr Aoife O'Driscoll covers NIAB's work on monitoring the geographical spread and intensity of cabbage stem flea beetle in winter oilseed rape, whilst exploring strategies for improving crop establishment.

 


 

Companion cropping and its role in fighting flea beetle

Aoife O' Driscoll explains what five years of NIAB companion cropping field trials have shown, and where the research will go next.

Resource

 

Download our information flyer, usually seen as a poster board around our open days and the Cereals Event stand. Dr Jane Thomas summarises current and future legume crop options for UK farmers

Alternatives to winter oilseed rape (poster)

NIAB's Farming Systems team break down the decision-making behind finding an alternative break crop to winter oilseed rape. Click and view/download the information flyer, usually seen as a poster board at our open days and the Cereals Event stand.


 

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Weed management

Inter-row cultivations for black-grass control

Senior Trials Manager Will Smith talks us through an inter-row cultivation trial in spring barley during April 2020 at NIAB's National Black-Grass Centre in Cambridgeshire.

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Grass weed management posters (June 2020)

Click and view/download our grass weed research and management information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand. This year NIAB grass weed specialist John Cussans and trials manager Will Smith have summarised NIAB TAG research and advice on optimising spring cropping for black-grass control, best practice on pre-emergence herbicide application, the growing threat of brome and the management of italian rye-grass.
Optimising spring cropping

Wild oat seed sampling - video & form

As part of NIAB's wild oat resistance screening project John Cussans and Life Scientific's Ruth Stanley outline why NIAB needs wild oat seeds from across the UK and how to take a sample suitable for testing.

NIAB will be testing different herbicides and needs a good supply of weed seed in each sample (around 3 coffee mugs full, or more if manageable) to complete all tests. Allow the wild oat samples to dry for a few days in a breathable bag or an open tray before sending. Download and fill in this form and include one with each sample, sending it to - John Cussans, NIAB, 93 Lawrence Weaver Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE

With thanks to Life Scientific for their support with the project

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For more information go to 'Free wild oat resistance testing'

 


 


 

Seed certification and variety testing

Do you know your DUS from your VCU?

With facilities and expertise to test over 1,000 new varieties every year, discover the science and skills behind NIAB’s unique and long-established plant phenotyping and seed certification services. Click on the links below to download our information flyers, usually seen as poster boards around our open days and the Cereals Event stand.

Seed certification

Variety testing


 

Plant breeding and genetics

Tour NIAB’s wheat breeding research plots

NIAB plant breeder Dr Phil Howell summarises some of the wheat breeding research carried out at NIAB, taking a tour around plots near Cambridge.


 

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