• Gary Zimmer - “Feed the soil and it will feed you”

    “Feed the soil and it will feed you,” Gary Zimmer says at REAP

    Yield and quality can be improved, within the existing fertilizer budget, by a move to Biological Farming. 

    Soil and tissue testing are essential to assess the available nutrition in the soil and allow the farmer to devise an effective fertility strategy that boosts both yield and quality, explains Gary Zimmer of Midwestern Bio-Ag, the keynote speaker at Agri-Tech East’s REAP conference on 9 November. Zimmer is a pioneer of biological farming, which places great emphasis on the role of microorganisms and balanced nutrients in maintaining plant health.

    Biological farming is not the same as organic farming, and Zimmer advocates the addition of appropriate minerals to the soil:

  • Is your fertiliser reaching the plant?

    Cover crops have a valuable role as a ‘soil corrective’ according to Gary Zimmer of Midwestern Bio-Ag. Zimmer is a pioneer of biological farming, which places great emphasis on the role…

  • Realising our Potential

    The time taken to bring in the harvest may be decreasing but the data it produces is increasing and becoming more meaningful.  With more combine harvesters than ever measuring yield it is becoming…

  • William Martin will be speaking at REAP 2016

    How does this agri-tech revolution affect me in the Fens?

    “I’m not a great mover in those kinds of circles,” says William Martin, referring to his fellow presenters at the upcoming Agri-Tech East REAP Conference on 9 November, with the…

  • Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2016

    REAP: time to change … and benefit from others’ experience

    Technology – literally the “science of craft” is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or the accomplishment of objectives. Just as the Green Revolution…

  • Designed by farmers, driven by GPS

    GPS positioning can be made accurate to within a few centimetres using a technique called ‘Real Time Kinematics’ developed by farmers. It can be used to guide farm machinery along…

  • Farmers’ correct GPS to allow connected farm

    “We are very close now to a true ‘connected farm’. I believe the technology and software is there, it is now just a matter of working out the bugs,” says…

  • Soil mapping helps boost yield 4-9%

    Soil health is one of the strands of our ‘Geomatics Meets Soil Management’ Special Interest Group meeting on 17th May 2016. Simon Griffin, Technical Manager at SOYL Precision Crop Production, will…

  • One farm’s experience of controlled traffic

    Norfolk farmer Robert Salmon has had a life-long interest in soils and has made a significant investment in a12 metre controlled traffic system. N E Salmon Limited is an arable…

  • Microbial Action at NIAB

    Dr Lydia Smith is Head of the NIAB Innovation Farm. Although much of her time is now spent managing the research, she has recently returned to her early interest the…