Crop mixtures – the growing of two or more crops together - have been found to have beneficial impact on weed control, standing ability, pest and disease control and to contribute to increased or more stable yield per land area. Learning about crop mixtures is a work in progress and farmers and researchers across Scotland and the rest of the UK are learning how to maximise these benefits and overcome some of the challenges.
The virtual field day will bring together insight from farmer experience and scientific research into the role of crop mixtures to address different agronomic issues and also discuss some of the practicalities and end uses.
- Ali Karley and Rob Brooker, James Hutton Institute - Overview of crop mixtures in research and practice
- Andrew Gilchrist, Scottish Agronomy – Experience of trialling 7 different cereal – legume mixtures
- Gordon Cairns, Stracathro Estates - Growing Beans and Rye for for whole crop (AD)
- Charlotte Bickler, Organic Research Centre - Selecting mixtures and what to do with the end product?
Date: August 11, 202, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm BST
Registration: via Event brite, linked below.
The online event is a collaboration between Agricology and James Hutton Institute, as well as SEAMS and DIVERSify projects. DIVERSify is one of the six Horizon 2020 projects involved in this crop diversification cluster.
Agricology.co.uk event page
Eventbrite.co.uk: event registration page
Hutton.ac.uk: James Hutton Institute homepage
Plant-teams.eu: DIVERSify project website