We deliver transformational projects to drive productivity and boost farming and supply chain businesses. We want the industry to thrive in a rapidly changing world and continue to produce high quality food, maintain our beautiful landscape and leave a legacy for generations to come. 

To cover the whole supply chain; we work with farmers, growers, packers, processers, agronomists, vets and abattoirs. This helps us unify the industry, bridge gaps in knowledge and encourage collaboration to build a stronger future for everyone.

Our four priorities are:

  • Competitiveness: Inspiring British farming and growing to be more competitive and resilient
  • Productivity: Accelerating innovation and productivity growth through coordinated Research & Development, and Knowledge Exchange
  • Consumers: Helping the industry understand and deliver what consumers will trust and buy
  • Thought Leadership: Delivering thought leadership and horizon scanning to keep the industry ahead of the game.

Get to know some of the things AHDB delivers to help farmers and growers do a great job

The AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Recommended Lists - make better variety choices:

Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) | AHDB

Cereals and oilseeds fungicide performance - get the best out of your fungicide programme:

Fungicide performance in cereals and oilseed rape | AHDB

The Crop Nutrient Management Guide  - use organic manures and fertilisers cost-effectively:

Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) | AHDB

GREAT soils - understand your soils and learn about soil health:

GREATsoils | AHDB

Information of the cereals and oilseeds markets - understand what is going on in the markets:

Cereals and Oilseeds markets | AHDB

Dairy breeding & genetics - improve your herd performance and profitability:

Dairy breeding and genetics | AHDB

Signet Breeding Services (for beef & sheep) - better quality genetics into your flock/herd:

Signet Breeding Services (signetdata.com)

Daily livestock auction prices updates - be informed about what prices are doing in your area:

Daily finished auction markets by region | AHDB

Consumer & retail insight for farmers - understand how consumer behaviour is changing in food choices:

Retail and consumer insight | AHDB

Export market development - how AHDB is working to open new markets for UK-produced meat:

Exports | AHDB

.....and for more technical content visit our knowledge library:

Knowledge library | AHDB

Now that the AHDB horticulture and potatoes levies have ended, a separate site has been created to archive all our horticulture and potatoes content, still a great resource:

Home | AHDB

 

Related Organisations

Connected Content

Farm-PEP aims to bring together all the sources of useful knowledge for Agriculture, whether from academic science, applied research projects, industry trials, farmers own trials or simple on-farm experience. Listed below are useful websites, organisations and websites that we know of.  Add any we've missed in the comments box or by adding as new content, or better still, as a new Group.  

YEN

Yield Enhancement Networks (YENs) were launched in 2012 to support and energise on-farm learning-by-sharing and thus to enhance farming progress.

YEN Zero is a recently established network in the ADAS YEN Family, with the overarching aim of creating a net-zero community. It aims to bring key players from across the agricultural industry together to meet the industry’s target of achieving net zero emissions by 2040.

There are around 4.76 million pigs kept on agricultural holdings in the UK. With the UK pork market valued at £1.44 billion in 2020 (Statista). 

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The Farmer-Led Innovation Network (FLIN) are UK based organisations driving farmer-led innovation - working together to power up and increase the impact of farmer led innovation initiatives.

The IPM Decisions project will create an online platform that is easy to use for the monitoring and management of pests. Access the platform now at https://platform.ipmdecisions.net/  

Review conducted by ADAS and funded by AHDB into how farmers should respond to the high fertiliser (& grain) prices experienced in 2022.

The Cereal YEN was established in 2012, and is the longest-running Yield Enhancement Network.

What are the prospects for yield in 2022?  Share your views here

  The flour milling industry plays a vital role in feeding and nourishing the nation – flour is an ingredient in 30% of supermarket foods. UK Flour Millers is proud of the part it plays in ensuring the industry continues to operate efficiently and reliably so that everyone can enjoy their daily bread. 

Scientific paper looking at the relationships between scientists and farmers:

The major commodity crops in the UK are wheat, barley, oilseed rape, field beans, sugar beet and potatoes, but around half of agricultural land grows grass.   

Agricultural research is conducted by a range of organisations, from individual farmers, through advisors, distributors, manufacturers, charities, societies, supply chain companies, levy bodies, universities and research institutes.  This page aims to connect across these often disparate sources.

The ideas behind Farm-PEP came together in ~2018, drawing from the developments of Agronomics, the YENs, AHDB's Monitor Farm programme and the idea of a 'What Works' Centre for Agriculture. 

Crop profitability depends on maximising margins, rather than yield alone. Deciding on the optimum crop protection strategy in the spring requires judgement of the variety, its situation, and how yield affecting diseases can be controlled. ADAS with the support of the AHDB and the wider industry set up the first Fungicide Margin challenge in 2019. Since then a total of 10 trials have been carried out over 3 years, allowing entrants to pit innovative strategies against others, against an ADAS experts' programme and against an untreated crop in replicated plot trials. The aim being to achieve the highest margin over fungicide cost.   

Knowledge Exchange in Agriculture in the UK is diverse, with many organisations involved. That is part of the reason for creating Farm-PEP, to help provide connections to what many percieve as a fragmented landscape.

GrassCheckGB is a grass monitoring project involving 50 dairy, beef and sheep farms.   Growth and quality data is published weekly throughout the growing season

This Innovative Farmers Field Lab investigated defoliation as a control for cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) larval populations in oilseed rape. It worked with eight farmers to look at the potential for controlling cabbage stem flea beetle by mowing and grazing OSR crops

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This field lab was initiated as part of the ADAS project ‘Investigating the distribution and presence, and potential for herbicide resistance of UK brome species in arable farming’, funded by AHDB.  

Series of articles in CPM reporting results from research projects by AHDB & others

The Agriculture and Land Use Alliance brings together all interested organisations/individuals across the UK pre-farm gate sector to drive change to a net zero economy through results-driven collaboration.

The AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) publications and resources provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection.

A review of the function, efficacy and value of biostimulant products available for UK cereals a

A joint report from Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and AHDB, that aimed to determine a baselin

The AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) publications and resources provide infor

Useful practical resource about soils and erosion.

Article exploring nitrogen fertiliser costs using Farmbench results.  

A collaborative project conducted from 2010 to 2015 involved 17 partners from government, industr

Mark Topliff, AHDB Lead Analyst – Farm Economics, uses Farmbench data to illustrate how crops

The soil health scorecard brings together information about the chemical, physical and biological properties of soil. Watch Anne Bhogal give an overview of the research that has gone in to the Soil Health Scorecard.

Defra Sustainable Arable LINK project from 2010 to 2015 that aimed to produce an automated system using precision farming technologies for N management of cereals, but ended up changing the whole way we think about nitrogen, yields, experimentation, research, variation & knowledge.

Funded by AHDB and BBRO, this five-year Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership is a cross-sector programme of research and knowledge exchange. The programme is designed to help farmers and growers maintain and improve the productivity of UK agricultural and horticultural systems, through better understanding of soil biology and soil health. See https://ahdb.org.uk/soil-biology-and-soil-health-partnership

AHDB project from 2014-2018 working with farmers to monitor and optimise their nitrogen fertiliser rates on-farm.  

In February 2018, ADAS, AHDB and Defra launched the Grass and herbal leys farm network. The network is a partnership between farmers, researchers and industry and provides a platform to investigate the long term impacts of leys in rotations, such as: Quantifying changes in soil organic matter and soil health from introducing temporary grass/herbal leys across a range of soil types and rainfall areas. Quantifying subsequent changes to soil organic matter and soil health following the destruction of the temporary grass/herbal leys and return to arable production. Investigating the effectiveness of grass/herbal leys in controlling blackgrass in ‘problem’ fields.

The Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG) produces guidance on pesticide resistance issues. Hosted by AHDB, this information can be used to help protect crops and the long-term efficacy of herbicides.

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AHDB's GREAT Soils brings together all the work on Soils, to help farmers protect their soils and improve its productivity

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Oats nitrogen and sulphur recommendations

This field lab's objective is to investigate the potential of living mulches, creating a permanent clover understory to suppress weeds, cycle nutrients, protect and enhance soil health, as a means to achieving organic and low-input no-till systems - that can be more sustainable than those systems they seek to replace.

Calculation Engine being developed ADAS for AHDB to give UK GHG Inventory compliant approach to calculating GHG emissions. This will connect to other tools via API. 

AHDB has developed a spreadsheet tool to help you calculate the impact of changing fertiliser and grain prices.

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The Oilseed YEN network is striving to help the whole industry to successfully grow Oilseed rape (OSR) and Linseed from start to finish – providing a better outlook for both crops into the future. 

Farmbench is a website based benchmarking programme.

The Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) helps you make the most of organic materials and balance the b

This AHDB webinar from November 2021 looked at how to make the most of muck. James Holmes (AHDB)

An event to discuss how will we secure the plant varieties needed for more sustainable UK agriculture How will we secure the plant varieties needed for a more sustainable and resilient UK agriculture? Can the plant breeding community rise to the challenge, and what is needed to achieve this?

Leaf disease may have been the least of oilseed rape growers’ problems recently but remain a pote

Field drainage guide - Principles, installations and maintenance

AHDB Publication 2018.

AHDB BBRO Review 2019 Research Review No. CP 182 / 1807258 - Review of weed control options

Report for AHDB Abstract The AHDB is developing a What Works Centre for agriculture and

Multi-site fungicides appear to be making a valuable contribution in this year

AHDB Report 636 from research project into Brome, reported September 2021 by Sarah Cook,

AHDB Research Review No 94. 2020.  By Elizabeth Stockdale and Vera Eory This high-

Report and guidance from the AHDB's Maxi-Cover Crop project 2016-2020 -  M

AHDB Report (2015) from Targetted P LINK Project by Tony Edwards, Paul Withers, Roger Sylvester-B