• Allpress Farms Anaerobic Digester

    What is the impact of digestate on soil?

    Digestate, a by-product of anaerobic digestion, is increasingly of interest to farmers as it promises a rich source of nitrogen and an alternative to artificial fertilisers, but how to use it effectively to ensure the maximum amount of nitrogen is available to the crop and the best way to prevent it escaping as ammonia gas is still under debate.

    Following discussions at the Innovation Hub last year, it was agreed to set up a field lab as part of the Innovative Farmers’ network to investigate.

  • Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2017

    Back to the future for sustainable farming

    “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…

  • Agri-Tech Week: Tyres, Traction and Compaction

    AHDB and Catchment Sensitive Farming present a workshop about tyre management and Controlled Traffic Farming. This is a chance to find out about the latest innovation and peer-to-peer exchange of best measures to…

  • Agri-Tech Week: Water and Soils

    Presentations and interactive workshop hosted by Lincoln Institute for Agricultural Technology looking at The impact of coastal flooding on agricultural land The contribution of agrochemicals, especially metaldehydes to water sources. Lincoln is…

  • SoilSense - Dallan Byrne feat

    Soil moisture sensor breakthrough paves way for smart irrigation

    An aerial soil moisture sensor that can provide a detailed map of the water status of a whole field in minutes is being developed by Bristol based SoilSense. The early…

  • 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…

  • Smarter Farming for Soils Health and Water Management

    How can “smart agriculture” help farmers improve the health of their soils and optimise water use efficiency? That’s the question we’ll be tackling in the second in our series of…

  • Soil-for-Life - Jonathan Tole at GROW 2017

    Soil-For-Life helps farmers prioritise interventions

    “What factors can I influence to improve yield?” This is the question that Jonathan Tole has frequently asked himself. This challenge – faced by farmers worldwide – was the inspiration…

  • Omnia Precision Agronomy - software connecting agronomy and precision farming

    Creating the optimum seed bed

    “Omnia Precision software mirrors the way farmers and agronomists think when they look at a field,” says Oliver Wood, Precision Farming Technology Manager at Hutchinsons. The company’s new precision agronomy…

  • 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…