Our regional approach
For a comprehensive test of product viability, trials need to be completed across a range of environments in accordance with the needs of CRD. For this reason, we have developed a number of long established regional centres. Working closely with the head office in Oxfordshire our structure gives our clients access to the most experienced independent field trials team in the UK.
Situated in northern Oxfordshire, OAT’s main office is well placed to access large areas of the UK. It provides a central location for storing larger equipment, including tractors, combines, drills, vegetable planters, 12m sprayers, a 12m fertiliser spreader and a potato harvester. OAT run a small fleet of lorries giving us huge flexibility to be on site where and when clients/host farmers demand.
Stratton Audley HQ
Stratton Audley HQ
OAT’s main office is well placed to access large areas of the UK. It provides a central location for our management, admin & chemicals team & perfect for our protected crop trials. It's also where we store our larger equipment - lorries, tractors, combines, drills & combines. Surrounded by trial fields, it's a thriving hub for several trials officers conducting projects such as product demonstrations, weed screens, variety strips & inoculated & irrigated trials.
From our two Yorkshire bases our team has access to a wide range of excellent agricultural land enabling trials to be carried out on a wide range of crops from cereals to vegetables. Trials in North Yorkshire are particularly suited to wet weather cereal diseases.
A wide range of specialised trials can be conducted from our Lincolnshire base. The region is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the UK, offering a wide range of crops including cereals, sugar beet, potatoes, onions and brassicas. Top quality trials sites are assured in an area where a range of soil types and most weeds, pests and diseases can be found.
For our Essex based Trials Manager, proximity of the M11 and M25 motorways allows easy access to a rich diversity of farmland in East Anglia and Kent. Major crops include cereals, oilseed rape and sugar beet in East Anglia, while Kent remains a prime area for top fruit trials.
The mild, moist conditions, found particularly along the south-west coast, are ideal for the development of ‘wet weather’ diseases such as potato blight, oat crown rust, Septoria and Rhynchosporium.
The region also offers good locations for herbicide trials in cereals, grassland, potatoes and maize, while BYDV trials are a speciality.
For our Wiltshire based team the field programme encompasses fungicide, herbicide, insecticide and PGR trials on a wide range of arable crops, most often located in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire.
With its unique climate and later growing season, plant development in Scotland may be behind crops grown further south, often providing the opportunity for laying down trials later in the season. This region specialises in cereal, oilseed rape and potato trials. The cool, moist conditions are ideal for Septoria and light leaf spot and enable the growing of a wide range of vegetable and other brassica crops, interspersed with pockets of soft fruit, now a major part of the local economies of Fife and Perthshire.