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An introduction to conducting successful field trials
Designed for
Field trials technicians either new to trials work or with less than 2 years' experience.
Entry requirement
Awareness of the subject matter recommended, i.e. some knowledge of arable crop production and basic husbandry (ARTIS e-learning is available to support this)
Dates and locations
Register interest
£225 + VAT
A one day classroom-based course
CPD points
To be awarded
Hannah Parish, Head of Cambridge HQ Trials Delivery Team, NIAB TAG

Content: Classroom module 1 (half day) – Basic principles of field trials establishment:

  • Main crop types
  • Introduction to machinery
  • Understanding protocols
  • Trial design and layouts
  • Preparation of drilling/planting plans
  • Seed handling and preparations
  • Seed bed cultivations
  • Preparation of planting machinery
  • Marking out
  • Drilling/planting

Classroom module 2 (half day) – Practical aspects of field trials work:

  • Crop growth stages
  • Trial maintenance/husbandry (including protection from pests)
  • Applications - products, methods and calibrations
  • Disease and pest recording - identification and assessment
  • Other agronomic recording
  • Preparation for harvest - in the office and in the field
  • Preparation of harvest equipment
  • Harvesting trials - combinable crops and others
  • Processing of samples and data
  • Post-harvest operations

Trainers are accredited by ARTIS

Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate