27 March 2019
The Wonders of Woodchip

This workshop will explore some of the many practical uses of woodchip on farms

3 July 2019
2019 OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops

To be held in Yorkshire



22 February 2019
Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe

iSAGE newsletter No.2 is published

22 February 2019
Soil Farmer of the Year: Simon Cowell

Mark Measures reports from an exceptional Essex farm



22 November 2018
Big opportunity for UK Organic

Development of new UK agricutural policy will be critical

Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire

Contract period:

1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010

Main funder:

University of Reading/ORC

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Jo Smith

Project aims

Tom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.

ORC's role

Supervisory