AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Nuffield arable scholarship 2016

Andy _Howard _header AHDB

Ben Taylor-Davies grew up on his family farm in Herefordshire and studied Geography at Liverpool University. He then began his career in agronomy which challenges him on an ‘almost daily basis’.

The 2016 Scholarship looks at the role stale seedbeds play in a profitable combinable crop rotation in the presence of resistant black-grass.

Ben chose this topic because he believes resistant black-grass is the greatest threat to British agriculture and describes it as the ‘perfect weed’, due to its capacity to grow in all soil conditions and its prolific production of seeds.

Looking at the period between harvest and the establishment of the following crop, Ben will investigate ways to achieve the greatest reduction in viable seeds.

The study will include analysis of the mechanical, environmental and total herbicide techniques employed in other parts of the world.

Ben intends to travel to Australia, Brazil, Argentina, USA and South Africa, as well as parts of Europe.

The 2016 Scholarship received funding from AHDB and the Three Counties Agriculture Society

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