Arable Review: An overview of AHDB research for growers of cereals and oilseeds

This publication showcases the full breadth and depth of our R&D activity.

At AHDB, we invest in a wide variety of research activities related to the production of cereals and oilseeds. This publication provides a flavour of new, established and recently completed projects.

What's inside Arable Review?

Arable Review (2022–23) provides an overview of the wide variety of AHDB research activities commissioned to benefit producers of cereals and oilseed rape.

The publication describes established and recently completed projects across several thematic sections (varieties, diseases, pests, nutrients, and soils). It provides context for the research and the latest results.

Matthew Brearley, who collated the review at AHDB, said: “Levy payers want easy-to-access facts about AHDB research investment. We published the first arable review in 2018 to put R&D information directly in the hands of farmers. With so much activity, not every project is summarised. However, the review lists all active projects (pages 22–23).”

Working in partnership

AHDB works in partnership with numerous organisations, with several of these collaborations highlighted in the review.

One example is AHDB’s work with the resistance action groups, which produce guidance on pesticide resistance issues. Hosted by AHDB, this information can be used to help protect crops and the long-term efficacy of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Another example is the net-zero partnership with BBSRC, which consisted of 10 short projects to support the transition to more sustainable farming systems. In this collaboration, BBSRC provided the funding and AHDB provided the near-market research expertise.

This edition also provides a flavour of on-farm trials in the AHDB Farm Excellence programme. It showcases how AHDB works with farmers to bring research to life at Strategic Cereal Farms and Monitor Farms across the country.

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Further information

View our evidence-based guidance

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