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SOYL launches ‘largest ever’ UK variable rate nitrogen trial

SOYL is planning what it calls the UK’s ‘largest ever’ variable rate nitrogen trial during spring 2018.


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The trial is being managed in partnership with parent company Frontier Agriculture’s 3DThinking research and development trials team.

 

SOYL commercial director, Simon Parrington says: “Significant evidence to support the use of variable rate nitrogen already exists based on our trials over the last 12 years.

 

“This new wider scale trial has been designed to test how we can push further to maximise the yield and quality improvements that variable rate nitrogen gives.

 

“A number of growers have already signed up to take part in the trial but we have room for more. The more growers we have involved, the more comprehensive the trial will be. We’re expecting at least 100 growers but there is no upper limit.”

 

 

 


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Taking part

 

To take part growers will need:

  • A field of winter wheat, winter barley or winter oilseed rape for season 2017/18;
  • Yield mapping capability in place;
  • Variable rate application equipment (liquid or granular) in place.

 

All data, trial design, analytics and interpretation will be managed by SOYL. Individual harvest results will be analysed and shared with each grower taking part. They will also gain access to the findings of the national trial.

 

Agronomic models

 

By carrying out a trial of more than 100 fields SOYL will be able to compare how variable rate nitrogen works across different soil types, varieties, geographies and yield potentials. This will help further improve the agronomic models used by both SOYL and parent company, Frontier Agriculture and their agronomists, says SOYL.

 

James Moldon, head of technical services for Frontier adds: “Our 3DThinking trials programme is all about rigour and detail in order to deliver evidence-based advice for growers seeking to optimise the results from crop production. SOYL’s trial fits in perfectly as the wide range of trial locations being used should give us a broad range of results to support individual regions.”

 

Frontier’s national 3DThinking trials comprise 12,000 plots over 100ha (40 acres) of land.

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