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Organic wheat variety testing by a network of farmers (Liveseed practice abstract)

{Tool} Organic wheat variety testing by a network of farmers (Liveseed practice abstract). Creator(s): Costanzo, Ambrogio. Issuing Organisation(s): ORC - Organic Research Centre. Liveseed Practice Abstract, no. 50. (2020)

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Summary

Practical recommendations
• A control cultivar is included in all farms. Each farm replicates one cultivar in two strips.
• The experiment follows an incomplete block design and can be statistically analysed through mixed-effect models.
• Besides farmers, results can inform seed producers about varieties to multiply organically and breeders about traits relevant to low-input farming.
• Documentation of the cropping systems in use,sheds light on their impact on crop and cultivar performance.
• Data from the farm network can have important secondary uses for crop modellingand monitoring.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:In the absence of formal organic variety testing mechanisms, British organic farmers struggle to reliably predict
the best performing cereal cultivar to grow on their farm. This jeopardises organic arable production in terms of
yield, quality and reliability, with a shrinking acreage and a shortage of UK-grown organic cereals, especially
wheat.
What solution does the tool offer?:A network of British organic wheat growers has been testing
winter wheat cultivars at a field-scale since 2017. Each farmer is allocated a subset of cultivars to grow as strips in their commercial winter wheat field. Yield from each strip is measured and grain samples are tested for grain quality. At wheat anthesis, crop and weed cover, crop height, disease severity, and ear density are assessed by researchers. A plot trial including additional cultivars supports the network with more precise information on diseases and with highlights about new cultivars to test at a field scale.
Country:United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
plant breeding
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_5956
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed > Liveseed tools
Hungary > Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39904
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Ortolani, Dr. Livia
ID Code:39904
Deposited On:12 Jul 2021 13:09
Last Modified:16 Feb 2022 12:30
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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