Farming systems

The average farm rotation uses a range of crops and cultivation approaches. It is important that research considers the rotation as a whole and the interaction of the individual elements (as well as looking at these aspects in isolation). Recognising both the practical and strategic importance of these areas, dedicated farming systems research is being actively pursued within NIAB, and our unique expertise continues to push the boundaries in this type of research.

Examples of current research projects include:

  • New Farming Systems - a series of long term studies seeking to develop bio-sustainable cropping systems for conventional arable cropping.
  • STAR - a fully replicated field-scale study examining the interaction between four cultivation methods and four rotations