Crop Momentum Farm Innovation Group

The Crop Momentum group is testing the hypothesis that high yields are associated with “high attention to detail”. Crops will receive lots of small applications of nutrients and other inputs throughout the season.

The objective of this approach is to target both the ‘source’ and ‘sink’ of the plant. The source is the parts of the plant where light is intercepted and converted into sugars e.g. the flag leaf. The larger the source (e.g. leaf size, shoot number) the more light can be intercepted. The sink is the storage of these sugars; during grain fill 20-50% of final grain weight is re-mobilised from reserves stored in the stem and leaves.

Growers are choosing their applications from an agreed “Momentum Monthly Menu” such that crop growth is supported throughout the season.

Facilitator: Damian Hatley

Contact: damian.hatley@adas.co.uk