Protecting Crops and the Environment


Ian has 25 years' plus experience of agronomic research in temperate agriculture, largely UK based. As Senior Scientific Manager – Agronomy, he supports the agronomic research conducted by Rothamsted Research and assists colleagues in applying their research under field conditions.

As Chair of the Farm and Field Experiments Committee Ian is responsible for the oversight of the use of the Rothamsted Farms as a platform for field experimentation, working closely with the Head of Farms and Field Trials Managers. Ian is responsible for the management of the large-scale rotations experiment, investigating the effects of crop rotation and cultivation regime on a wide range of metrics as part of the Soils to Nutrition Institute Strategic Programme.

Introducing longer, more diverse, crop rotations has been observed to benefit adopting farms. As part of diversifying rotations Ian is developing new cropping options such as soya beans. Similarly, reductions in cultivation intensity has shown benefits, something being investigated on a commercial farm alongside the experiment.

In the ASSIST Institute Strategic Programme, Ian is investigating biophysical limitations on crop productivity, using winter wheat as the model crop. With average farm yields of wheat appearing to level out it is critically important to determine if this stagnation in yield improvement is reversible through management interventions.

The FarmInn initiative is a collaboration between Rothamsted Research and AHDB that encourages and supports farmers to make investigations of their own ideas to improve their business performance.




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      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        Strategic Programmes


        Soils to Nutrition

        Science Projects

        Spraying for Yield (Super Follow on Fund)

        Impacts of different vegetation in riparian buffer strips on hydrology and water quality

        PhD projects

        Adding evidence to decision making regarding cover and catch crops

        Optimising agriculture for a changing climate: which farming practises confer reliability of food production and farm income ?


        • 1991 - PhD Silsoe College, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK
        • 1987 - BSc (Hons) 2:1


        • Chair of the Farm and Field Experiments Committee