Regenerative agriculture – Biology comes first

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Download PDF For the regenerative agriculture grower, the question this autumn is not so much which wheat variety is the most resilient, but how resilient is the system it’ll be placed in. CPM assesses the priorities. We have to live with pathogens – rather than seek to defeat them with chemistry or genetics we should encourage a diversity of beneficial microbes that outcompete them. By Tom Allen-Stevens For those committed to regenerative agriculture, looking for their soils and their farming system to naturally complement the potential of their crop, variety choice may not be as simple as picking out a few key criteria from the AHDB Recommended Lists. Top-line yield may be pushed down the priority list in favour of disease resistance, or lodging scores. The more analytical grower may put their requirements through the AHDB Variety Selection tool that weighs agronomic merit against yield, or look for information on aspects such as grassweed competitiveness from the likes of Agrii’s Advisory Lists. But even these resources may be offering little more than a simplistic way to find a truly regenerative wheat, believes independent breeder Bill Angus. “What you find on the RL and in commercial breeders’ lines only just scratches…
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