National Organic Combinable Crops July 3 2018

Now in its eleventh year, this one-day event near Telford, Shropshire, will offer organic and non-organic farmers the chance to learn about the latest innovations in the sector, and discover how they might take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.

Hosted by third-generation mixed farmer Mark Lea – in partnership with the Organic Research Centre (ORC), Walnes Seeds, Organic Arable, Hodmedods and Harper Adams University – visitors will have the chance to learn about the farm and its operations during an in-depth farm walk.

As well as examining extensive crop trials – including winter wheat varieties ORC Wakelyns Population, Basset, Crispin, Evolution, Montana, Siskin and Spyder – visitors will also get a glimpse of the farm’s resident flock of New Zealand Romney sheep, its 80-head herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, and its green waste business, which composts 5000 tonnes of waste every year.

Visitors will also hear from a range of experts, including NIAB’s head of farming systems research, Elizabeth Stockdale, and independent plant and soil educator Joel Williams. Mark Measures of the Institute of Organic Training and Advice will also be sharing the latest research and practical approaches to improving soil health and biology as he completes a global tour as part of his Churchill scholarship.

The Liveseed project involves each of the growers producing three of seven winter wheat varieties in different combinations to enable comparisons between them. This ‘balanced incomplete block’ puts varieties onto farms to be tested at a commercial scale, where performance is most relevant and can be done at little cost.

Delegate tickets for the event cost £35, with discounts for additional family members.

For booking forms and trade opportunities at the event please contact Steven on email : arable@ofgorganic.org or call

OF&G on 01939 291800.

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