5 June 2019
Integrating Farming and Forestry

Farm Woodland Forum annual meeting

2 July 2019
Trees and Livestock - Buckinghamshire

Agroforestry Innovation Network Meeting

16 May 2019
Organic farming statistics 2018

Defra releases estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and numbers of organic producers and processors in the UK

10 May 2019
Agroecological transitions

Five case studies of farmers' experiences published

21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming


Cultural methods to control black grass

1 June 2015

2nd field lab in series at Shimpling Park Farm, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 4HY

This field lab examines the approaches and experience that John Pawsey has had bringing sheep back onto his arable farm and the range of strategies available for dealing with a black grass problem. The Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme (DOFF) funded field trial, looking at the effect of grazing a winter wheat crop with sheep in the spring on black grass populations and crop yield will be demonstrated as one approach.

This field lab will demonstrate the results of the on-farm field trials whilst differences in black grass numbers are most obvious during flowering. Results from the trials so far will be presented and participants will be able to see differences in black grass populations in the field. A CTM Weed Surfer will also be demonstrated as another option for black grass control in cereal crops. Timing of using the machine and whether cut black grass seeds are viable will be discussed. John Pawsey will also talk about his experience of bringing sheep back into his rotation and how this will help with black grass on his farm.

1230 Arrivals and light lunch
1300 Introduction to field lab and the farm
1315 Presentation of results so far from sheep grazing trial and other trials. (Nick Fradgley, ORC)
1330 Demonstration of sheep grazing trial and crop trial plots.
1430 Demo and discussion of weed surfer on black grass.
1530 tea/coffee

See photos from first field lab here

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