Join our Guided Digital Crop Tour session at 3:00 pm to experience a virtual tour of alternative crop trials, demonstration plots and research farms featuring SEFARI partners, giving a 'virtual' taste of what might have been seen at Arable Scotland if it had been possible to hold as a field event.
Researchers at the James Hutton Institute were awarded a SEFARI Responsive Opportunity grant to produce four interactive Virtual Crop Tours, in collaboration with SRUC, to be delivered for Arable Scotland 2020. The tours will be launched during a guided visit led by members of the research team on 2nd July 3:00 pm, who will be available to answer questions during the event. The virtual guided tour will be interactive to allow participants to view the tour and ask questions of the research staff responsible for the trials.
The Virtual Crop Tours will showcase research from both the James Hutton Institute and SRUC:
- The Centre for Sustainable Cropping (Hutton) is focusing on testing an integrated cropping system to improve biodiversity, soil quality and production efficiency across a 6-course rotation of potato, wheat, barley, beans and oilseed rape.
- The Grieves House tour (Hutton) will explore the relative benefits and constraints to crop production and soil sustainability in response to different soil management techniques and two different crop rotations. These rotations are based on winter & summer cropping including wheat, barley, OSR & beans.
- The Virtual Crop Tour of SRUC Boghall farm is focussed on the management of weeds, pest and diseases using Integrated pest management programmes. The tour will highlight some of the components of IPM which can be adapted to meet the challenge of biotic factors in the major arable crops, winter oilseed rape (Fulford Camp) and Winter wheat and barley (Anchordales). The successful adoption of IPM is one of the major challenges facing crop production.
- The SRUC’s three long term experiments (LTEs) based at Craibstone, Aberdeen include the following: The Woodlands Field Old Rotation Long Term Experiment (LTE) focuses on the long term (1922 – present) impacts of 6 different fertiliser (NPK) treatments with a zero control, two different P treatments as well as the omission of either N, P or K on both the production and quality of a 6-course ley-arable rotation including 3 years of grass-clover, spring oats, potatoes and spring barley undersown, as well as influence on the soil. The Woodlands Field pH Rotation LTE focuses on the long term (1961 – present) impacts of 7 different target soil pH treatments (pH4.5 through to pH 7.5) on both the production and quality an 8-course ley-arable rotation including 3 years grass-clover, winter wheat, potatoes, spring barley, swedes and spring oats undersown, as well as influence on the soil. The Tulloch Organic Rotation highlights the long term (1991 – present) impact of different organically managed stocked and stockless 6-course rotations on crop production and quality as well as soil “health” and fertility. The stocked rotations include the addition of cattle FYM and grazing sheep, whereas the stockless systems have no grazing or imported manures. Both approaches use legumes (predominantly white and to a lesser extent red clover) as a key component of the systems, with field beans also included as one course of the stockless approach.
The Virtual Crop Tours will be hosted on the Arable Scotland website as a lasting resource that will be accessible to visitors. These will be updated with additional interactive material after the event.
In addition, the tours will be available to view as a virtual reality experience using gaming headsets or on your Android phone and cardboard viewer for a truly unique experience.