Event - North East Organic Discussion Group Meeting 30th July 2019


North East Organic Discussion Group Meeting

Date: Tuesday 30th July 2019 (booking essential either by contacting Aileen Buchanan, SAC Consulting Elgin or online via this link)

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Location: Mains of Thornton, Nr. Inverurie AB51 0JX courtesy of SOPA Members & past organic monitor farmers Ian Cooper & Partners.

There will be an arable focus to the meeting with Murray Cooper trialling a range of different cropping techniques and crops including:

  • spring barley;
  • winter oats (grown for seed);
  • an undersown spring barley and vetch mix for arable silage;
  • spring oilseed rape and;
  • mixtures of winter barley, beans and oilseed rape (quarter rate barley beans/full rate osr, half rate barley/beans/full rate osr, 3/4 rate barley/beans full rate osr and osr on its own).

All the crops have been sown in a band at an 8cm row spacing using a modified one pass machine.  Plus, Murray has also experimented with min till in a number of fields.  The business has invested in GPS auto steer and bought an 8m System Cameleon which is camera guided and can inter-row weed, sow or fertilise. The aim is to establishing a a plough 1 year in 7 system.

SOPA 864 crops




SOPA 864 System CameleonThe discussion group meeting gives an ideal opportunity to see the different crop husbandry techniques in a real farm situation and to discuss the pros and cons in an organic farming system.  

Dr. Robin Walker, Research Agronomist, SRUC, who has done work on intercropping and crop mixtures and was with Murray on the RISS trip to Sweden looking at organic oilseed rape, will also be attending the meeting to give us the benefit of his experience and join in with the discussion.

This is the first meeting of four planned for the third year (2019/20) of the NE Organic Farming Discussion Group.  If you want to know more about the meeting or the discussion group in general please contact Aileen Buchanan, SAC Consulting Elgin on 01343 548 787 or e: aileen.buchanan@sac.co.uk.


Diary Date: the second NE Organic Farming Discussion Group of 2019/20 is to be held on Friday 20th September.  Keep an eye out for further details.  

The North East Organic Farming Discussion Group has been established and funded through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), facilitated by SAC and now in its second year. The group is Free to join for existing organic producers and those considering converting their business to organic management within the North East area.  The meetings provide a fantastic opportunity to find out about organic farming, to get together to exchange ideas, learn from each other and hear about current research.

Published date: 3 Jul 2019