Seed and variety testing (Recommended Lists)

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AFBI's Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy is a specialist centre for the evaluation of plant varieties and seeds of a wide range of assessments on varieties of arable, herbage and forage species.

Plant Testing Station

Grass and clover testing at Crossnacreevy
AFBI's Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy is a specialist centre for the evaluation of plant varieties and seeds.  Staff with the appropriate scientific and technical expertise and laboratory and trial grounds facilities are available to conduct a wide range of assessments on varieties of arable, herbage and forage species.

The station currently conducts an extensive programme of statutory testing for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland, for the UK on an inter-departmental basis and for a number of other EU member states, through bilateral agreements.  It is the official seed testing station for Northern Ireland and also produces a number of recommended lists on behalf of DAERA.

The stations research programmes seek to improve the exploitation of new varieties on-farm and advance knowledge on their biology and agronomy under Northern Irish growing conditions.  It also conducts a number of contract research projects for industry.  The lead scientists provide an expert knowledge service to DAERA, and to the local agricultural industry.

Recommended Lists

AFBI Crossnacreevy conducts variety performance trials on all the major cereals, potatoes and major forage species (grasses, clovers & forage maize) used in Northern Ireland, to produce the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Recommended Lists.

These recommended list trials identify the best performing new varieties under local conditions and provide descriptions of their main agronomic and quality characteristics.  These tests are conducted at various sites across Northern Ireland and at the Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy. AFBI Crossnacreevy, also assesses varieties of new crops that are showing potential for local production.