The NIAB Agronomy Cup is an annual unique trials-based crop challenge begun in 2012. It aims to engage with the next generation of agricultural advisors and crop scientists whilst showcasing practical agronomic science and crop research.
Open to agriculture and crop science students from universities and colleges across the UK the competition is based on the outcome of a team’s agronomy, farm management and agricultural decision-making skills.
But it differs from other crop trial competitions as these agronomic decisions are tested on fully-replicated field plots at a NIAB TAG trials site local to the team, rather than as a desk-based challenge or at a single central location. In this way the competition emphasises the importance of field observations, basing decisions on those observations and then understanding and interpreting the results from field trials. It also shows how local conditions may lead to differing agronomic decisions compared to a national view.
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All teams are encouraged to use the NIAB Facebook page and Twitter (@NIABTAG, #niabcup) to discuss and debate plot recommendations with each other, opposing teams and interested parties as well as post pictures and videos of plots and team members working with NIAB staff.
For further information contact Ian Midgley, NIAB TAG National Trials Co-ordinator on 01223 342200
The John Forrest Memorial Award is a great opportunity for young agriculturalists, researchers and scientists looking to improve their communication skills to help in their future career.
The Award takes the form of an annual residential communications training course, held over three days, at Madingley Hall near Cambridge, and is provided by Green Shoots Productions, specialists in media and communication training. The ninth annual course will be held from 3 to 5 January 2018. Applications are invited by 30 September 2017.
The Award is offered free of charge to eight East Anglian agriculturists for whom good communication skills are expected to be integral to their careers. Preference is for young people who are expected to take a leading role in some aspect of agriculture in the future.
Candidates should apply by informal letter or email giving details of background, education, career and aspirations, and say how they will benefit and why they should be considered. Information and applications should apply by email to Colin Smith with the subject John Forrest Award.
The award is in memory of John Forrest an innovative Suffolk farmer and a past chairman of the Felix Cobbold Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation