Welcome to NIAB in the Innovation Hub.
Find out about: Crop nutrition insights from 120-year old farm trials | Cover crop choice & interaction with cultivation | Herbal leys – species choice & benefits | Soil assessments, wheat yields & climate change
NIAB's Long-Term Field Experiments
An innovative phosphate management strategy has been introduced to a 120-year-old experiment in Suffolk, led by NIAB. The experiment will compare its benefits to traditional farmyard manure and mineral fertiliser applications. Satellite imagery and soil scanning have also been introduced to help understand the impacts of the different soil treatments.
NIAB takes a leading role in a number of long-term experiments, including the New Farming Systems programme based in Norfolk on a sandy loam soil, and the Saxmundham Experimental Site in Suffolk which is on a clay loam. NIAB will be discussing the findings of these in the Virtual Innovation Hub.
Saxmundham Experimental Site
Join David Clarke, Soils and Farming Systems Technician, as he discussed the history of the experiment and what research it is being used for now.
Click to view the cover crops information leaflets
Join Dr Lydia Smith, Head of NIAB Innovation Farm, who is discussing herbal leys, the possible use for arable farmers and the different species found in their trials.
Click to view information about wheat yield and climate change
ASDA and NIAB Soils Assessment Guide
Join Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, Head of Farming Systems, who discusses the newly released Soils Assessment Guide in association with University of Cambridge: Institute for Sustainable Leadership and ASDA.
Join Roger Sylvester-Bradley, Head of Crop Performance at ADAS, and David Clarke, Soil Scientist at NIAB, as we cover the results of 120 year long field trials, and the Yield Enhancement Network competition findings in this 25 min podcast.
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More information and news about NIAB
NIAB is a major international centre for plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy – a unique national resource, with nearly 100 years of experience and an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity.
With headquarters in Cambridge and regional offices across the country, NIAB spans the crop development pipeline, with the specialist knowledge, skills and facilities required to support the improvement of agricultural and horticultural crop varieties, to evaluate their performance and quality, and to ensure these advances are transferred into on-farm practice through efficient agronomy.
For more information on the work NIAB do in: Genetics and Breeding / Varieties and Seeds / Crops and Agronomy/ NIAB EMR please visit their member page using the ‘i’ icon in the green contact bar.