19 June 2014
NIAB TAG’s National Agronomy Centre (NAC) initiative is an impartial platform to promote best practice for profitable, sustainable and efficient arable crop production and provides open access to research and practical information.
The NAC Open Days are a key knowledge exchange route for this provision. These free to attend events deliver a mix of indoor exhibits, seminars and field based demonstrations, providing objective information on a range of policy and agronomy issues, including variety and fungicides and weed management.
The Eastern Region NAC Open Day event was held on the 19th June at Morley (Norfolk) in conjunction with The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF), with further events at NIAB Sutton Scotney in Hampshire on 25th June and NIAB Caythorpe in Lincolnshire on 3rd July. All events were delivered in partnership with the NFU and CFE along with a range of other participating organisations (including GWCT, PGRO, ADAS and others).
The Morley event featured a ‘bus stop’ tour of the latest agronomic research programmes in both oilseed rape and winter wheat; attendees were taken out to research fields and escorted round as guided groups with opportunity to meet, talk to and question researchers who are delivering the new research in both crops; the translation of this impartial research into practical guidance and best practice is a goal of NIAB TAG and the NAC initiative. Key areas covered over the day included:
In addition to the field tours attendees at the Morley event were also given the opportunity to attend seminars looking at likely longer term policy changes (Anna Simpson, NFU) as well thoughts on future production challenges (Jim Orson, NIAB) and findings from the evaluation of long term NAC data sets (Stuart Knight, NIAB). These presentations will be available to all NAC supporters in due course.
In addition there was also a range of other static demonstrations covering aspects of environmental care, machinery choice/spray application and overviews of research in other crop types or disciplines not covered elsewhere in field displays.
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