Dr Nicola Cannon

Principal Lecturer in Agronomy
Dr Nicola Cannon

Position

Principal Lecturer in Agronomy

Qualifications

BSc (Wye), PhD (Reading), PGCAP (Open), FHEA, BASIS, FACTS, NSch, MRAC

Contact details

nicola.cannon@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

University responsibilities

  • Principal Lecturer in Agronomy
  • Program Director of the African Fellowship Trust
  • First year course manager for the Agriculture degree program
  • Agricultural member of RAU Research Committee
  • Member of Ethics Committee
  • Co-ordinating RAU student crops teams in external competitions
  • RAU co-ordinator for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre
  • Consultancy projects in the UK and Africa including land use, sustainable farming techniques and soils and cropping.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Association of Applied Biologists
  • Associate of Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS)
  • Nuffield Scholar (2007)

External Activities

  • Member of the Soil Association Farmers and Growers Board
  • Directing and managing the Big Feastavil food growing projects. Successfully demonstrating potatoes, cereals and herbs in conjunction with commercial sponsors to festival goers. Winner of Best Extra Festival Award 2015. Communicating growing food with Alex James and Jamie Oliver
  • Advisor to Malaika Kids, a Tanzanian Orphanage assisting with their food self-sufficiency project.
  • PhD External Examiner
  • Previously member of DEFRA Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS) Certification Committee
  • Central Region Farmers Trust Nuffield Scholars co-ordinator
  • Basis crop protection, FACTS and Basis Soil and Water

 

Research

Research Interests

  • Long term low-input crop establishment trial
  • Optimizing Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): Evaluation traits for soil fertility building capacity under differing cutting strategies
  • Evaluation of the potential of field beans (Vicia faba) and spring wheat (Triticum aestivium) variety mixtures as a bi-crop opportunity
  • Evaluation of mechanical weeding in cereals in conjunction with Innovative Farmers.

Teaching

Programme manager

  • Program Director for the African Fellowship Trust

Module leader:

  • First year Foundation Degree (Module 1118) – Crop Production
  • Final Year Elective (Module 3020) – Advanced Crop production
  • Final Year Elective (Module 3228) – Integrated Organic Systems
  • Masters level (Module 4002) – Agriculture
  • Masters level (Module 4038) - Agriculture
  • Masters level (Module 4238) – Integrated organic systems

Other teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching on a number of modules across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Heavy involvement with 1st and 2nd year crop production teaching and assessment

Additional University commitments:

  • PhD supervision
  • Undergraduate dissertation supervision
  • Masters research supervision

Publications

Journal publications

  • Azo, W.M., Lane, G.P.F., Davies, W.P.D. & Cannon, N.D. (2011).  Predicting dry matter and crude protein yields of lupin and cereal mono- and bicrops using a computer model.  Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 27:3-4, 278-293.  http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/01448765.2011.647795
  • Azo, W.M., Lane, G.P.F., Davies, W.P.D. & Cannon, N.D. (2012).  Bi-cropping white lupins (Lupinus albus L.) with cereals for wholecrop forage in UK organic farming: the effect of seed rate and harvest dates on crop yield and quality.  Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 28(2), 86-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2012.671722
  • Gooding, M.J., Cosser, N.D., Thompson, A.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1998). Sheep grazing and defoliation of contrasting varieties of organically grown winter wheat with and without undersowing. Grass and Forage Science 53, 76-87.  
  • Gooding, M.J., Cannon, N.D., Thompson, A.J. & Davies, W.P. (1999). Quality and value of organic grain from contrasting breadmaking wheat varieties and near isogenic lines differing in dwarfing genes. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 16, 335-350.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.1999.9755237
  • Rial-Lovera K, Davies W P, Conway J S, Cannon N D. (2016). Influences of tillage systems and nitrogen management on yield, grain protein and N-use efficiency in UK spring wheat. Journal of Agricultural Science. 154 (8), 1437-1452.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021859616000058
  • Rial-Lovera, K., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2016), Weed development in spring wheat after contrasting soil tillage and nitrogen management. Annals of  Applied Biology 169: 236–247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aab.12294
  • Rial-Lovera K, Davies W P. Cannon N D. (2017). Implication of climate change for UK cropping and prospect for possible mitigation: A review of challenges and potential soil management responses. Invited paper to the Journal of Food Science and Agriculture 97 (1), 17-32  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.7767
  • Rial-Lovera K, Davies W P, Conway J S, Cannon N. (2015). Advancing soil management in a changing climate: A recent UK experience. Invited paper to an Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production (under review)
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N. D. and Conway, J. S. (2015).  Influence of two-year clover red clover-grass ley management on nitrogen economy and following wheat performance.  Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 32 (2),1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2015.1057865
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N. D. and Conway, J. S. (2015).  Influence of one year red clover ley management subsequent cereal crops.  Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 31 (3), 193-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2014.1001792
  • Mehmet Basbag, Davies W P, Cannon N D, Rial Lovera K, Basbag S, Burbi S, Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V, Moyo H, Axe M, Alo A, Minaei N. (2014). Some wild plants in the Cirencester natural flora. Anadolu Journal of Agricultural Science 29 (2), 126-135.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar. A.V., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N. D. and Conway, J. S. (2013). Organic wheat performance following conventional and non-inversion tillage systems. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 29(4), 236-243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2013.829754
  • Vijaya Bhaskar A V, Davies W P, Cannon N D and Conway J S. (2014). Weed manifestation under different tillage and legume undersowing in organic wheat. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture. 30:4,
  • 253-263,   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2014.951961

Conference proceedings

  • Azo, W.M., Lane, G.P.F., Davies, W.P.D. & Cannon, N.D. (2006). Influences of crop maturity  and harvest date on the yield and forage quality of lupin and lupin/cereal bi-crops for organic livestock production.  BGS 8th Research Conference. 57-58.
  • Azo, W.M., Lane, G.P.F., Cannon, N.D. & Davies, W.P.D. (2006).Dry matter yields and quality of organic lupin and lupin/cereal mixtures for wholecrop forage.  Aspect of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006. 93-96.
  • Azo, W.M., Lane, G.P.F., Davies, W.P.D. & Cannon, N.D. (2009). Conductance model evaluation for predicting yields and protein content of lupin/cereal forage crops in organic farming. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (7ECPA), 679-686. Wageningen Univiersity, The Netherlands.
  • Azo, W.M., Cannon, N.D., Lane, G.P.F. & Davies, W.P.D. (2009). Conductance model assessment for yield and protein content prediction in lupin-cereal forage crop mixtures in organic farming systems. BGS 9th Research Conference. 60-64.
  • Blackmore, S. S., Godwin, R. J., Taylor, J. C., Cosser, N. D., Wood, G. A., Earl, R. R., & Knight, S. S. (1999). Understanding variability in four fields in the United Kingdom. Proceedings Of The Fourth International Conference On Precision Agriculture, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 19-22 July 1998. Part A And Part B., 3-18.
  • Cannon, N.D., Gooding, M.J. & Davies, W.P. (2002). Effects of wheat dwarfing genes on grain yield and quality of wheat in competition with Alopecurus myosurides. Aspect of Applied Biology, Genotype-Phenotype: Narrowing the Gaps.
  • Cosser, N. D., & Earl, R. R. (1997). Precision farming: approaches to the management of field variation. Aspects Of Applied Biology, (50), 481-486.
  • Cosser, N.D., Thompson, A.J., Gooding, M.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1994).  Influences of variety and establishment date on nitrogen accumulation during winter in the shoot systems of winter wheat.  Aspects of Applied Biology 39, The Impact of Genetic Variation in Sustainable Agriculture, 195-200.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1994).  Effect of sowing date and cultivar on the yield and nutritional quality of wheat for sheep grazing in the early spring.  British Grasslands Society 4th Research Conference, 72-74.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1995).  The effect of wheat dwarfing genes on competition against blackgrass.  British Crop Protection Council, The Brighton Conference, Weeds,  361-362.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1996).  Effect of wheat dwarfing genes on grain yield and quality of wheat in competition with Alopecurus myosuroidesSecond international weed control congress, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1089-1094.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1996).  The impact of wheat cultivar, sowing date and grazing on the weed seedbank of an organic farming system.  Aspects of Applied Biology 47, Rotations and Cropping Systems. 429-432.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J., Thompson, A.J. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997).  Competitive ability and tolerance of organically grown wheat cultivars to natural weed infestations.  Annuals of Applied Biology 130, 523-535.
  • Cosser, N.D. & Earl, R. (1997).  Precision farming: Approaches to the management of within field variability. Aspect of Applied Biology 50, Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis, 481-486.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997).  The effect of weeding and sheep grazing on grain yield and quality of organic wheat.  Aspect of Applied Biology 50, Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis, 415-418.
  • Cosser, N.D., Gooding, M.J., Thompson, A.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997).Cultivar and Rht gene influences on the competitivity, yield and the breadmaking quality of organic wheat.  Aspect of Applied Biology 50, Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis, 39-51.
  • Kamalonga, D., Cannon, N.D. and Davies, W.P., Conway, J. (2016). Bi-cropping spring field bean (Vicia faba) and wheat (Triticum aestivum) for whole crop forage in the UK. ESA 14, Growing landscapes – Cultivating innovative agricultural systems.  Edinburgh, Scotland, UK  5-9 September 2016.
  • Gooding, M.J., Cosser, N.D., Thompson, A.J., Davies, W.P. & Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997). The effect of cultivar and Rht genes on the competitive ability, yield and breadmaking quality and of organically grown winter wheat. 3rd European Network of Organic Farming workshop, Resource Use in Organic Farming, Ancona, Italy. 113-126.
  • Matthews, R.B. & Cosser, N.D. (1997). Using crop simulation models to develop treatment maps in precision agriculture. Aspect of Applied Biology 50, Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis, 181-190.
  • McKenna, P., Cannon, N.D. and Davies, W.P., Conway, J. and Dooley, J.J. (2016).   Red clover (Trifolium pratense, L.) variety evaluation for soil fertility-building. ESA 14, Growing landscapes – Cultivating innovative agricultural systems.  Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 5-9 September 2016.
  • Moyo, H., Lane, G.P.F., Davies, W.P. & Cannon, N.D. (2011). Strategies for soil fertility – building through improved legume cropping.  Aspects of Applied Biology 109, 155-160.
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2013) Influences of red clover/grass management on wheat performance. Aspects of Applied Biology, 121 Rethinking agricultural systems in the UK, 143-148.
  • Rial Lovera, K., Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V., Cannon, N.D. and Davies, W.P. (2014).  Influence of contrasting cultivation techniques on spring wheat performance.  Agronomic decision making in an uncertain climate, Aspects of Applied Biology 125.
  • Rial-Lovera K, Davies WP, Cannon ND. Energy and economic evaluation of spring wheat production under contrasting tillage systems and nitrogen fertilisation management. International Conference on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use. Budapest, Hungary. 31 May – 2 June 2016.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar A V, Cannon N D, Davies W P. (2013). Investigation of suitable legume species for undersowing in organic spring wheat. Aspect of Applied Biology 121, Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK, 199-202.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar A V, Davies W P, Cannon N D, Conway J S.(2013). Characterisation of soil quality following conventional and non-inversion tillage for organic farming. Aspect of Applied Biology 121, Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK, 181-185.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar A V, Davies W P, Cannon N D, Conway J S. (2013). Tillage and undersowing effects on organic wheat yield components and yield. Aspect of Applied Biology 121, Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK, 186-192.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar AV, Davies W P, Cannon N D, Conway JS. (2014). Soil cultivation influences on organic spring wheat performance in contrasting weather. Agronomic decision making in an uncertain climate, Aspects of Applied Biology 125, 11-19.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar A V, Rial Lovera K, Davies W P, Cannon N D. (2014). Weed prevalence under organic and low-input cultivation systems. Agronomic decision making in an uncertain climate, Aspects of Applied Biology 125, 129-134.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V., Cannon, N.D. and Davies, W.P. (2016).  Performance of UK organic spring wheat and contrasting soil tillage: yield and economic. ESA 14, Growing landscapes – Cultivating innovative agricultural systems.  Edinburgh, Scotland, UK  5-9 September 2016.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V., Cannon, N.D. and Davies, W.P. (2016). Contrasting soil tillage influences on soil and weeds in UK organic spring wheat.  ESA 14, Growing landscapes – Cultivating innovative agricultural systems.  Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 5-9 September 2016.

Other publications

  • Cannon, N.D. (2009). Sustainability within the conventional and organic farming sectors. Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report.