Sustainable agricultural production / intensification
Developing novel integrated farming systems combining legumes for nitrogen accumulation with reduced cultivation systems to promote soil conservation.
This is the focus of a series of related PhD projects which are providing farmers and other stakeholders with valuable information on how to maximise the value of such practices and in the longer term will inform government policy.
- Dr Nicola Canon
- Long term (7 harvests) crop establishment trials comparing direct drill, minimum tillage and plough power harrow based establishment techniques on crop growth and development
- Evaluation of mechanical weeding in cereals in conjunction with Innovative Farmers.
- Donwell Kamilonga (Evaluation of the potential of field beans (Vicia faba) and spring wheat (Triticum aestivium) variety mixtures as a bi-crop opportunity)
- Patrick McKenna (Optimizing Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): Evaluation traits for soil fertility building capacity under differing cutting strategies)
- Dr Joanna Doel (Accumulation and recovery of Nitrogen in mixed farming systems using legumes and other green manure crops)
- Dr Winifred Azo (Development of forage lupins and spring sown cereals as bi-crops suitable for organic livestock production)
- Dr Harriet Moyo (Strategies for soil fertility-building through improved legume-ley cropping)
- Dr A V Viyaja Bhaskar (Bi-cropping/ green manuring to reduce tillage, suppress weeds and improve soil organic matter when grown in an arable rotation).
- Dr Karen Rial-Lovera (Sustainable conversion from organic to low input conventional farming)
Recent key publications
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,