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STAR Open Day

May 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location : Stanaway Farm, Otley, IP6 9NA

In association with BBRO

The Sustainability Trial in Arable Rotations (STAR) is a long-term fully replicated field-based study which started in 2005.

The research examines the interaction between four different cultivation methods and four crop rotations on a heavy Hanslope soil type. The project uses farm scale equipment on large field plots. Long-term rotation studies are rare in our industry but they provide powerful agronomic and financial information for UK farmers.

NEW FOR 2019: Sugar beet is included for the first time, assessing the impact cultivation has on the crop’s establishment. Come along to this open event to see this unique study for yourself and find out how cropping approaches can impact soils and system resilience.

Programme and speakers

Following the second winter wheat last year the STAR project is in the break cropping year. The focus of the event this year will be on the cropping decisions that can affect both soil and system resilience.

Speakers include:

  • John Cussans (NIAB Weed Biology and Control Specialist) will discuss how both crop choice and ‘in crop’ management can be used within grassweed management strategies and managing weed seed banks.
  • Simon Bowen (BBRO Knowledge Exchange and Crop Progression Lead) will consider how to successfully manage sugar beet within a farm rotation considering both cultivation and agronomic decisions.
  • Simon Kightley (NIAB Oilseeds and Pulse Specialist) will consider how to manage oilseed rape crops with the heightened challenges of managing cabbage stem flea beetle.
  • Key to managing resilient cropping systems may involve introducing novel/multi-species leys back into arable rotations. Lydia Smith (NIAB Innovation Farm) will discuss a new BBSRC-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC) project looking at integrating herbal leys into arable rotations and discuss how these may improve soil health and negate flood and pollution risks.

In addition to our speakers above, we will have members of our Technical Committee to act as tour guides and to answer any additional questions you may have.

Phone: 01223 342495 


May 22, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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