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Sustainable Production of Organic Wheat - LK0970

Conversion to and development of organic farming in the UK is hindered by the central problem of winter wheat production which is too low in both yield and quality. Demand for wheat far exceeds that for other grains, but the supply of home-grown milling wheat covers less than one third of the demand (N Gossett, Organic Grain Link, pers. comm., 2004) in a growing market (currently £30M for home-grown wheat, Soil Association data, 2004). The main deficiencies leading to this shortfall in supply are a lack of appropriate varieties and inadequate information on basic field establishment criteria for varieties suited to organic production. In addition there is a need to improve nitrogen supply to wheat crops during both early stages of development and grain establishment.
The main aim of the project is to use an ecological approach to analyse the interactions of a range of key variables in organic wheat production (wheat genotype, spatial arrangement of seed, seed density and sowing date) including the major factor of wheat/white clover inter-cropping, so as to determine an optimal approach to improved and stabilised production.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2009

Cost: £249,038
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd, Grain Farmers PLC, University - Scottish Agricultural College, Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Claydon Yieldometer Ltd, Organic Food Federation, Progressive Farming Trust Ltd, Wakelyns Agroforestry, Soil Association Certification, Soil Association, SAC Commercial Ltd, Scottish Organic Producers Assoc, Elm Farm Research Centre, Organic Arable Marketing Group, Norton Organic Grain Ltd
Arable Farming              
Organic Farming              
Sustainable Production              
Wheat Production              
Fields of Study
Organic Farming