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Farmers taking part in and getting paid for on-farm trials as part of the NCS Project.

The Nitrogen Efficient Plants for Climate Smart Arable Cropping Systems (NCS) Project is aimed at increasing pulse and legume cropping in arable rotations to 20% across the UK (Currently 5%). In addition, up to 50% of imported soya meal used in livestock feed rations can be replaced by home-grown legumes. As part of this project, farmer-led trials carried out by ‘Pulse Pioneers’ will inform the practices to achieve these goals.

What is a Pulse Pioneer?

Farmers taking part in and getting paid for on-farm trials as part of the NCS Project.

If you have a pulse crop or plan to grow one this year, we’re looking to support farmers who want to trial ways to improve their crop’s performance. We’re particularly keen to set up a rotational platform that monitors the benefits of pulse cops over the rotation.

See advice on conducting on-farm trials here.

What are the requirements?

  • Your farm is/will be carbon baselined by Farm Carbon Toolkit - Guidance available here.
  • You will take N-min samples of your field (support and cost provided)
  • Accrue Project Ambassador Points by interacting with PulsePEP members online.
  • Enter the YEN Network (support and cost provided)
  • Commit at least one field to monitor for the duration of the project (up to and including harvest 2027)
  • Join as a PulsePEP member (this is free – complete the form below the Pulse Pioneer sign-up form or by following this link:

How to get involved?

If this sounds like something you could be interested in, contact [email protected] for full contract details and complete the survey below or by following this link:


Pulse Pioneers Sign-up form:


PulsePEP Sign-up form:


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This guide is designed to help Pulse Pioneers to upload their trials to PulsePEP as part of the NCS Project.