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Phwoar, crikey! Take a look at those!

Date Published: 09/06/2011

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John Pawsey discusses the trial crops with OF&Gs' Roy Lawford
John Pawsey discusses the trial crops with OF&Gs' Roy Lawford

The ‘those’ in question are some rather fine looking organic trial crops being grown on the farm of our licensee and all round good chap, John Pawsey.

Our R&D Manager, Steven Jacobs, along with Certification Officer, Roy Lawford, had the opportunity to visit the Suffolk farm owned by John and his family this week and get a good close look at the progress of the varieties that have been planted by Organic Seed Producers.

This is of particular interest to us for a number of reasons, but not least because a similar trial has been planted for us by Organic Seed Producers and Cope Seeds at the site of our National Organic Cereals event, in March, Cambridgeshire. Everyone attending NOC 11 will have the opportunity to closely examine that trial on the farm walk.

The trial plots on John Pawsey's farm
The trial plots on John Pawsey's farm

The two trials are showing somewhat different results due to the very different nature of the soils on the two farms and that fact, in itself, is useful information to have. It should provide some interesting discussion on the day.

John Pawsey is one of the UK’s larger organic arable growers (the farm, not the man!) and provides an excellent example of how a good farmer can turn their hand to organic and make it a success. John, a previous host of National Organic Cereals himself, will also be speaking at National Organic Cereals 2011, so we expect the usual fascinating insights, which have become something of a feature of the event annually.

And now in close-up

You can see from Steven’s pictures that the trial crops are looking healthy. Roger Wyartt, of Organic Seed Producers, will be taking delegates to NOC 11 through the 41 varieties (from both OSP and Cope Seeds) and this year, in response to feedback from previous years, we’ll be building in more time and opportunity for our guests to examine and discuss the trials.

National Organic Cereals 2011, which has Waitrose as its headline sponsor, is taking place at Whitegates Farm, March, on July 7 and the limited delegate and exhibitor spots are now filling fast. We had to turn people away last year due to catering and space constraints so if you really want to be there, please do register as soon as possible.

You can find the booking forms here on our website. It has become the biggest event in the calendar dedicated to organic farming and is one not to be missed.