It was a rather wet and drizzly day for our Spring Wheat Demonstration Day in the North East. The event took place on Tuesday 4th July near Morpeth and was open to all who were interested to learn about the progress of the trials.

Prof Rob Edwards chaired the discussions and we heard from Tom King, Eurofins, who is leading on the trial site analysis at Cockle Park and Nafferton Farms. The event was NRoSO registered for professional development.

 

Observations from the samples

The Mulika examples look a lot dirtier – you can see the yellowish leaves. Due to the brighter and drier weather conditions this year, there has not been a great amount of disease. It will be useful to see the yield of the grain and the protein content and to make a visual comparison with Stockbridge Technology Centre  based further south. These samples have not been counted and were for observation purposes only. This may not necessarily be a negative. The vision of the trial is to see how plants can increase their natural defences. A plant may have yellow septoria, however, could  be a stronger variety as a whole and better equipped to fight off disease.

1, Left to right: Mulika variety Conventional, Conventional/Biological ( Integrated Pest management, IPM), Biological

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2, Trial Site, Cockle Park Farm, Morpeth

Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

3, Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trial Site at Cockle Park Farm

4, Trial Site at Cockle Park Far

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Summary Notes for Spring Wheat Demonstration Day

Yorkshire Agricultural Society press release

E-Flyer for event