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Field Lab: Plant Teams

  • Caledonian Hotel 81 High Street, Leven Fife KY8 4NG Scotland (map)

Can plant mixtures improve soil health and crop yield?

Soil Association Scotland in association with the James Hutton Institute

Soil Association Scotland is teaming up with the James Hutton Institute on a field lab, part of a Europe-wide project, to trial crop mixtures or ‘plant teams’. We want to test the potential that inter-cropping peas and beans, for example, has to improve Scottish soils, yield stability and resilience as well as to supress pests and diseases. 

Come hear from experts Ali Karley (The James Hutton Institute) and Robin Walker (SRUC) to find out which crops might work best together on your farm.

Visit Durie Farms to see how farmer Doug Christie has been successfully growing a variety of plant teams for many years, and to see what equipment he uses for separating crops.  

Free lunch and hot refreshments provided.

Taking part in this field lab will give you access to knowledge from plant teams research projects at the James Hutton Institute, funded by the Scottish Government, and the Horizon 2020-funded DIVERSify project. It will also link to SRUC research into intercropping and the EU-ReMIX project.

Free to farmers and land managers. Booking is required.