Open from 10 am, last field tour at 2 pm
The Morley Innovation Day, in Norfolk, showcases the latest arable advice and research from UK agri-businesses, manufacturers and research organisations at the forefront of agri-tech innovation and technology, research and commercial enterprise.
Free to attend, the event features a mix of exhibits and field-based demonstrations that enable attendees to interact with leading industry experts.
- Variety choice
- Agronomy research
- Crop protection
- Farming systems
- Soil management
- Precision farming
- Business strategy
The Morley Agricultural Foundation invites you to The Innovation Day 2019. The day showcases current research projects located at Morley Farms. A number of organisations will be present principally NIAB but also BBRO, AHDB, PGRO, Agrovista, and BASF.
[h1 color=”#76a934″]IN THE FIELD[/h1]
Cereals and soils with NIAB TAG
- Winter wheat varieties – Clare Leaman and Ian Midgley
- Winter and spring barley varieties – Patrick Stephenson
- Cereal disease management – Bill Clark
- Soil management and rotations, including AHDB GREATsoils Elizabeth Stockdale and Nathan Morris
- Grassweed control – Andrew Watson
- Oilseeds and pulse varieties – Simon Kightley
Exhibits also available in the field and in the farmyard include: Mentor Project – NIAB TAG’s long-term experimental programme funded by TMAF, NIAB TAG Membership services – impartial information and on-farm advice, NIAB LabTest, British Crop Production Council and the British Society of Plant Breeders.
[h1 color=”#76a934″]IN THE FARMYARD[/h1]
[h3]BBRO – Innovative approaches in Sugar Beet[/h3]
The sugar beet crop is currently providing some difficult challenges for science to address. Examples of three key areas include:
- How to reduce aphid-borne virus.
- How to improve the efficiency of the crop canopy.
- How to manage beet cyst nematode populations in the soil.
BBRO will demonstrate how they are using innovative detection and diagnosis techniques in conjunction with modelling approaches to assist growers in monitoring, predicting and being more proactive in their management of crops.
This ranges from ‘state of the art’ PCR technology in the lab, novel phenotype screening approaches to pest & disease resistance/tolerance to the aerial imagery of canopy characteristics, assessment of radiation use efficiency and crop modelling of field crop performance.
AHDB will be bringing your levy-funded research to life this year at Morley. Come and talk to Charlotte Rowley, AHDB Pests Specialist about the latest research findings and tools to assist with your management of BYDV, CSFB, aphids, and integrated pest management for the autumn ahead. There will be an opportunity to see the chaff deck, a cultural control for harvest weed seed management, and hear how it has worked practically for farms in East Anglia. Visit the Recommended List trials on site, collect your latest publications from AHDB and hear about the plans for the Monitor Farm programme for the coming winter season.
In striving for a perfect crop of peas and year on year consistency, pea agronomy needs to be addressed before a crop reaches maturity.
The Pea YEN project is starting to highlight critical areas for attention throughout the season. PGRO are able to guide you on how decisions you make and interventions you take, from establishment and nutrition during the growing season, to pest control can influence the final outcome of your crop.
Agrovista will be discussing the results from a three-year strip tillage sugar beet trial, which has been a collaboration between Morley farms and Agrovista. They will also be discussing companion planting in OSR – with information drawn from trials at Morley and elsewhere – and application techniques to improve pesticide efficacy.
John Innes Centre
John Innes Centre (JIC) is an international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology based in Norwich. The Morley Innovation Day will provide an opportunity to meet scientists and hear how JIC science impacts on crop breeding and farming, including genetic and environmental influences on crop yield and strategies for pest management. Examples include:
- Flea beetle research for integrated pest management
The JIC has a captive breeding population of cabbage stem flea beetles, enabling research into this major pest of oilseed rape. Projects aim to develop an integrated pest management response by providing insights into crop resistance, the pest life-cycle and beneficial insects, including a parasitic wasp which targets the beetles.
- Control of crop diseases such as potato scab using soil bacteria
Researchers at the John Innes Centre are investigating how to harness bacteria that live naturally in the soil to combat economically important plant diseases such as potato scab. Potato scab is caused by the bacterium Streptomyces scabies and can be controlled by the beneficial soil bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens. Ultimately, we aim to find new ways to tackle a range of bacterial and fungal crop diseases.
Certis will be discussing the environmental benefits of ferric phosphate slug pellets, as well as the benefits of using latitude seed dressing on second wheats following the establishment of several large scale trials throughout the UK – including here at Morley.
BASF will be discussing their OSR breading program and showing how the invigor varieties have performed compared to the best from other breeders. The large plot demonstration trial at Morley is now in its 2nd year. The invigor varieties are showing their selected traits of robust growth in autumn and spring and favourable oil content.
The Morley Agricultural Foundation
Trustees will be on hand to discuss recently funded projects and also the new Morley Clean Water Project.
The Clean Water Project is based on the farm at Morley and simply aims to ensure that the water that leaves the farm is as clean as when it arrives. We hope to be able to carry out simple measures, that can be done at modest cost using our own resources, to reduce silt, nutrients and pesticides running away in water courses.[table “” not found /]
[box title=”Register now” style=”light”]The Morley Innovation day is free and open to all. Simply register online at niab.com/shop.[/box]
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Morley Business Centre,
Deopham Road, Morley,