NIAB Cambridge Open Day

June 27th, 2017 10:00 AM  
through   4:00 PM
NIAB Park Farm
United Kingdom

Free and open to all, the NIAB Cambridge Open Day offers expert independent advice and research on variety choice, plant breeding, crop agronomy, plant protection, soils and cultivations with a mix of seminars, exhibits and field and glasshouse demonstrations.

  • 10am-12pm - science and agronomy seminars (Sophi Taylor Building)
  • Field demonstrations open at 12pm. Final tour at 4pm
  • 12.30-1.30 - glasshouse tours
  • 1.30-4.30 - NIAB Ventures exhibition (Sophi Taylor Building)

This year the focus is on innovation, demonstrating the impact of technology on crop management including the use of modelling tools, big data, crowd-sourcing and precision farming techniques, boosting farm productivity and gross margins. Understand how NIAB’s genetics and breeding research is increasing diversity and improving yields in wheat, alongside impartial advice on a range of policy and agronomy issues including variety choice, fungicide options and grassweed management.

And new for 2017 the NIAB Ventures Exhibit showcases new and emerging UK business entrepreneurs at the forefront of agri-tech innovation and technology, research and commercial enterprise.



10am-12pm (Registration from 9.30am)
A morning of short technical seminars covering the latest innovation in crop genetics and breeding research, precision farming, plant pathology and agronomy from NIAB senior scientists and specialists Alison Bentley, Robert Jackson, Tom Wood, John Cussans and Bill Clark. Booking is essential on a first come, first served basis due to limited places.

An opportunity to meet new and emerging UK agri-tech SME companies, with stands, interactive exhibits and posters on the technology that could influence farm businesses in the near future.


Open from 12pm. Last plot tour at 4pm


  • Combinable crop varieties
  • Wheat pre-breeding research, including superwheat, tetraploids and MAGIC wheat lines
  • Agronomy research and advice on grassweeds, disease control, yield management and farming systems
  • Seed certification in practice
  • Cover crops including crop choice, agronomy and management
  • Soil management, rotations, cultivations and fertility building
  • NIAB Innovation Farm – using crops to combat climate change and improve food security. NIAB Innovation Farm glasshouse tours from 12.30-1.30pm


  • Introducing NIAB Digital, online data platform services including ActivSmart
  • Impartial crop production information, advice and support with NIAB TAG Membership
  • Improving crop production skills and knowledge with ARTIS training
  • NIAB LabTest analytical services
  • Plant disease research and new diagnostic techniques, including the latest developments on yellow rust in wheat
  • NIAB and NIAB EMR crop genetics and pre-breeding applied and translational research programmes

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