Stuart Knight, NIAB

How to get quality and quantity year after year

What were your results like this year? Could you do better? Getting higher quality and quantity from the crop with more strategic use of inputs is one of the benefits of precision farming and a number of the most promising developments in this area are going to be presented at our next event, co-hosted by NIAB: ‘Innovations for Sustainable Intensification’.

We asked Stuart Knight, Deputy Director of NIAB, about the progress that is being made by the SIP (Sustainable Intensification Platform) Project 1, a research programme funded by Defra and the Welsh Government.

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Agri-tech news update

  • So what is a robot and why do we need them?

    Published: 29 August, 2016

    There are two critical factors that separate a robot from a machine – the capacity to be autonomous or to act with some degree of decision, and presence of actuators, which allow a machine to alter its environments. This precludes computers and fridges from being called robots.

    Dr Andre Rosendo, a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (pictured right), and one of our speakers at the October Pollinator, explains: “We are using our knowledge of soft robotics to create deformable manipulators, or ‘hands’, that can manipulate ‘fragile’ produce, such as broccoli, strawberries and mushrooms and can handle and cut produce with the same handling care as human harvesters.

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  • REAP ticket prize in Uruguay hackathon!

    Published: 29 August, 2016

    We are looking forward to welcoming the winner of Uruguay’s first HackathonAGRO to our agri-tech conference REAP. The event is being organised by the British Embassy Montevideo to stimulate interest in…

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  • Agri-Tech Week: Sonic boom for waste

    Published: 29 August, 2016

    As food and other organic waste decomposes the bacteria and fungi feeding on it convert the material to another form. This process can be used to create secondary metabolites of…

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  • Agri-Tech Week: Raising the pulse with peas and beans

    Published: 29 August, 2016

    The Japanese see huge potential for UK pea flour as a protein rich alternative for wheat. Pulses are gluten-free, nutritious and do wonders for the soil, so why are peas…

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  • Agri-Tech Week: Shiny kit and smart drivers

    Published: 29 August, 2016

    A hands-on workshop organised jointly by the Easton and Otley College and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) on the Thursday of Agri-Tech Week will give you the chance to…

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  • What technology will help you farm profitably and sustainably?

    Published: 1 August, 2016

    Louis Baugh’s farm at Neatishead Hall, Norfolk, is bordered by two Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and is also located in the Ant Valley which is designated as a wetland…

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