A trial at Morley Farm has revealed the results of uneven maize germination, why it happens and what growers can do to avoid such losses.
The next of the PhD students we support to report on her study is Abi Brock. She has long held an interest in plants, and what makes them work, and now is focussed on helping crop plants to work even harder with less added fertiliser than ever before.
TMAF is currently supporting several PhD students. Ian Tsang reports on what he is doing and why and what drew him to be interested in the root hairs of wheat.
In her second report on the carbon monitoring underway in Morley sugar beet, Dr Georgina Barrett of BBRO explains what has been going well so far– and not so well – in this field.
TMAF and Morley Farms are pleased to announce that we have been accepted to become a AHDB strategic farm. AHDB have a national programme of monitor and strategic farms. The aim is to create a network for farmer-to-farmer discussion and learning.
Nupur Tailor’s TMAF funded PhD is looking at the beta-glucan levels in different barley germplasm with the aim of increasing the levels in the already established spring barley cultivars in the UK using multi-disciplinary approaches including crop management, trait introgression, and gene editing.
In early May, eighteen students visited Morley Farm to find out more about the learning opportunities linked to food, farming and the natural environment.
Recently, TMAF Chair Richard Wilbourn and David Jones were guests of the Newbury and District Agricultural Society to judge their crop competitions. They enjoyed the chance to look at the crops and, as David reports back, noticed several significant differences between farming in the West compared to the East.