This project aims to build on past experience and develop appropriate participatory methodologies that involve farmers and specialist researchers, seed suppliers and arable marketing cooperatives working in partnership on varietal performance and seed quality research. This is an issue that has been identified by ongoing participation in Elm Farm Research Centre’s farmers groups. Farmers will be involved in developing the methodology of the trials, establishing the measurement criteria, running the trials and evaluating both the trails and the methodology. The research process will be closely monitored throughout and the methodologies developed will be disseminated at the end to farmers, research scientists and agricultural students. This project will build on the existing relationships with farmer groups built up by Elm Farm Research Centre over many years.