• No-till in a time of climate change challenges thinking

    Tillage practices – ploughing operations that disturb the soil – affect soil carbon, water pollution, and farmers’ energy and pesticide use, and therefore the approach to cultivation can have a major impact on the environment and also the productivity and profitability of the farm. Taking a big picture view of tillage can be valuable for challenging the perceived wisdom of current practices and creating the opportunity to ask if there are valid alternatives.

    Maria “Pilu” Giraudo is a fifth generation farmer from central Argentina and she was recently awarded the prestigious Kleckner Award, an annual recognition given by Global Farmer Network to a farmer who shows leadership and vision. Giraudo was brought up on a ‘no-till’ farm. About 40 years ago her father had seen his soil eroding. He experimented with different cultivation practices until he found that drilling new seed directly into the ground, without disturbing it, reduced soil loss.

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  • Matt O'Hagan, M&S

    Good taste and fresh ideas from M&S at REAP

    “M&S is looking at ways to increase the nutritional value of food, particularly by increasing levels of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, that may be lacking from peoples’…

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  • 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….

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  • David Purdy, John Deere, will be speaking at REAP

    John Deere focused on precision technology

    “Yield mapping is now cheap as chips, and you can’t buy a combine without it. It’s a really accurate technology – for a narrow width it takes readings every couple…

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  • Philip Garford, Garford Farm Machinery

    Automation as an alternative to chemicals

    “Weed control has certainly been changing in the past few years,” says Philip Garford, Managing Director of Garford Farm Machinery. He is set to speak at Agri-Tech East’s annual REAP conference in…

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  • Reward farmers for Natural Capital, says Andrew Blenkiron ahead of Agri-Tech East's REAP conference 2017

    Reward farmers for building soil fertility, says Andrew Blenkiron

    “We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, Suffolk. He is scheduled to speak at this…

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  • Mark Nicholas - Food for thought at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Food for thought at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Food is to be enjoyed, shared and valued and this year’s Royal Norfolk Show will be creating a strong link between food, farming and the countryside, according the recently appointed…

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  • Rob Alston, Managing Director of Silfield, will be at the final of Agri-Tech East’s GROW business plan competition

    “Show me you can make it happen,” says Rob Alston

    “I’m looking forward to GROW this year; it excites me to see something that could be the ‘next big thing’ in the industry, challenging the status quo,” says Robert Alston,…

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  • Emily Norton, Nortons Dairy

    Success in value-added dairy

    “Milk is not just some white stuff that goes in a cup of tea, or on your cornflakes in the morning – it’s something that should be respected,” says Emily…

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  • Dr Cristina Sargent

    It all adds up, says Dr Sargent of the Smith Institute

    Solving the problem starts with framing the right question. Dr Cristina Sargent of the Smith Institute believes that mathematics is a clear, objective way of resolving the type of complexity…

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