Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – Ayrshire

A sheltered flat north-south site, with sandy loam and current vegetation of barley stubble. Planting winter wheat cover crop in 2022, as well as Miscanthus, Willow, Poplar and Eucalyptus in spring 2023.


Auchincruive Estate, Ayr.

Latitude, longitude

55°28’30.7″N 4°33’28.8″W (55.475184, -4.557993)

Grid ref

NS 38427 23117

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Site Plans

Ayr Site PlanAyr Soil Sample Locations


Mean Annual Precipitation (mm)

820 mm

Mean Annual Temperature (°C)

12.9 °C


48 m







Soil type

Sandy loam.

Current vegetation coverage

Barley stubble.

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Project plans/actions

Which biomass crops

Miscanthus, Willow, Poplar, Eucalyptus.

Planting goals/aim

Spring 2023.

Agronomic dates (planting, harvesting schedule)

Planting: Spring 2023. 

Harvest: Jan/Feb 2024.

Management methodology (spray off, nutrient additions, ploughing, site prep, others)

– Ploughing/site prep Oct 2022 (Winter wheat cover – except on Miscanthus plots) + Glyphosate (early spring 2023).

– Pendimethalin pre-ems (spring 2023).

– Graminicide 3-6 weeks post planting.

– Dow Shield 3-6 weeks post planting (if required).

– Interrow weeding/spot spraying when required (spring/summer).

Machinery to be used


General Info

Field management history  
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Hub Site Update – SRUC Ayrshire – January 2023
January 2023 Risk Assessments for grazing, browsing and crop damage threats were undertaken. Auchincruive has had unusually high volumes of rain in the last couple of weeks, followed by a […]
Hub Site Update – SRUC Ayrshire
December 2022 Summer weed control, cultivation and drilling complete. A winter wheat cover crop has been drilled on all wood crops plots but not on those due to have miscanthus […]

Base line soil samples have been taken, ploughing is in progress, Hopefully planting wheat cover crop week beginning 24 Oct 2022.  


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