A new Syngenta iOSR Focus Site is expected to provide growers and agronomists with insight into innovative integrated crop management (ICM) ideas and techniques, demonstrated in a real field situation that can be readily applied on farms.
The iOSR Focus Site, based at the Rougham Syngenta Innovation Centre in Suffolk, will assess new options at all stages of crop growth, from establishment techniques to seed rates; varieties; canopy management; nutrition and pest and disease control right through the season.
Many of the ideas being trialled have been in direct response to concerns and challenges raised by the Syngenta iOSR grower group, as well as building on some of their pioneering experiences and reported successes.
Syngenta Field Technical Manager, James Southgate, believes the site will offer important practical ideas that growers will get value from seeing during the season, and with the harvest results.
“The challenges of growing OSR, and agronomy techniques, have changed significantly over the past five years. The iOSR Focus Site will specifically seek to provide solutions for growers and agronomists to consider throughout the crops’ management.
“We are now into the second year on a similar Black-grass Focus Site initiative,” adds Mr Southgate. “It is already providing extremely valuable insights into a whole range of options for more effective long-term grass weed control – as well as throwing up yet more questions and ideas for ongoing investigation.
“We fully acknowledge that not all the ideas on the iOSR Focus Site will work, and some may fail spectacularly; but the experiences of success and failure will be equally important in helping guide growers with informed future decisions,” he says.