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Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Systems

UK agriculture in the future will be directed towards a more sustainable farming system. However, there is a need to understand, identify and assess the potential benefits of conservation agriculture and challenges it poses for adoption to be successful.

Our project

- Focusing on three different cultivation systems at field scale
- European project lasting 5 years
- 5 countries across different soil types
- 8,400 data points across 2 sites over 5 years in the UK, to understand different farming systems and impacts on: productivity, profitability, field operations, agronomy, sustainability
- Working alongside farmers, researchers and industry specialists to understand the complexity and riskiness of the systems to provide advice for sustainable farming adoption

Conservation agriculture project assessments

Trial at Loddington

in conjunction with GWCT and NIAB

3 farming systems:

Good"GOOD" based on conventional Good Agricultural Practice, e.g. inversion tillage & winter crops in rotation

Better“BETTER” similar but introduces better practices, e.g. full non-inversion tillage, spring crops and cover crops 

Best“BEST” similar to “better” but now going to no-tillage and direct drilling for crop establishment

Watch Farmer Phil discuss why he is involved in the project and his learnings from the first season.