John Shropshire, G's

Forecasting a barbecue weekend

A recent report released by WRAP estimates that around nineteen per cent of all lettuces were unharvested in 2015, with 38,000 tonnes lost across the sector worth an estimated £7million. To ensure that supply meets demand the industry overproduces, this partially due to uncertainty over weather conditions, but also as a result of specifications over the desirable ‘head size’.

Progressive producers, like G’s Growers, are working with others in the value-chain to address this issue.


Agri-tech news update

  • New video supports launch of From Grass Roots to Blue Skies report

    Published: 11 October, 2017

    The Agri-Tech East cluster is generating new ideas that will boost the profitability, productivity and sustainability of agriculture. This is captured in a report From Grass Roots to Blue Skies: A vision for agri-tech, launched at the House of Lords.

    This short video captures the spirit of the launch and provides a taster of the report.

  • A Vision For Agri-Tech

    Published: 1 October, 2017

      Agricultural production is stalling and the current farming model may be unsustainable but there is potential to make a radical improvement. Agri-Tech East’s members have identified a number of…

  • Latest thinking and first in the field

    Published: 30 September, 2017

    The striking thing about Agri-Tech Week is the calibre and diversity of the people taking part and the opportunities to interact with them.  The events are designed to enable a free flow…

  • REAP Start-up Showcase is a launchpad for businesses

    Published: 29 September, 2017

    “When I pitched Arlabion at the very first REAP conference it was to test the industry reaction and interest; we did not even have a company registered,” remembers Ella Kalnina,…

  • From Worms to Blockchain, and Crop Stress to Artificial Intelligence

    Published: 28 September, 2017

    Jargon used by technologists can be an obstacle to its adoption, so we are busting it this year by selecting the most relevant of the emerging technology streams and exploring its…

  • Back to the future for sustainable farming

    Published: 27 September, 2017

    “We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate and speaker at the forthcoming REAP conference. Blenkiron believes…