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NCS Nitrogen Efficient Plants for Climate Smart Arable Cropping Systems (NCS) is a four-year £5.9M ambitious research programme involving 200 UK farms and 18 partners.

The project is funded by the Defra Farming Innovation Programme, delivered by Innovate UK.

The consortium of UK companies, research institutes and farmer networks, led by PGRO, aims to bring about a reduction of 1.5Mt CO₂e per annum or 54% of the maximum potential for UK Agriculture.

This will be achieved by increasing pulse and legume cropping in arable rotations to 20% across the UK (currently 5%). In addition, 50% of imported soya meal used in livestock rations will be replaced with home-grown feeds. 

Both of these ambitious aims will be steered by science and proven by real farm enterprises, with significant benefits for both crop and livestock productivity, including cost savings of over £1bn/yr.

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Pulses are leguminous crops harvested for dry protein-rich seed, with peas…
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Animal nutrition plays a crucial role in livestock agriculture for several…
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The pea and bean weevil adults cause characteristic leaf notching around…

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This page is designed to give information to PulsePEP community members on…
As part of the NCS project, McArthur Agriculture have started to carry out…
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Recording from session at Groundswell 2022 with summary below from…

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LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading charity organisation…
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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was established in 2012 through the merger…