Costanzo A, Amos D, Bickler C, Trump A (2021) Agronomic and genetic assessment of organic wheat performance in England: a field-scale cultivar evaluation with a network of farms. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 41, 54 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-021-00706-y
With a network of organic farmers we undertook a field-scale evaluation of 11 cultivars, integrated with an agronomic survey to raise evidence on organic wheat performance in real-farm, field-scale conditions. Besides climatic variation, crop-weed interactions appeared as the main driver of crop performance, with significant differences in cultivar weed suppressive abilities and in the effectiveness of post-emergence weed management strategies. To foster agroecological transition crop-weed relations, weed management strategies, and their effects on nutrient use efficiency should be addressed in wheat breeding and cultivar testing.
This work is being continued in the Livewheat project.
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