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NIAB Agronomy Cup

NIAB Agronomy Cup

The NIAB Agronomy Cup is an annual unique trials-based crop challenge begun in 2012. It aims to engage with the next NIAB Agronomy Cupgeneration 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.

Download the information flyer

Download the NIAB Agronomy Cup application form


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All teams are encouraged to tweet us photos of your trial visits @NIABTAG using the hashtag #NIABAgronomyCup. Please keep in contact with NIAB’s communications team with updates and pictures throughout the season, for publicity use.



For further information contact Ian Midgley, NIAB TAG National Trials Co-ordinator on 01223 342200

Former winners

2018 - IBERS - Aberystwyth University

2017 - IBERS - Aberystwyth University

2016 - Duchy College

2015 - Newcastle University

2014 - Royal Agricultural University

2013 - Easton and Otley College

2012 - Harper Adams University


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