• Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Feeding the future: Innovation Hub at Royal Norfolk Show

    Our natural resources of light, water and soil are finite but with smart technology we can make them go further.

    The Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show is showing how current research and emerging technologies will help farmers to feed our growing population sustainably. This is a big challenge, researchers predict that by 2030 if food production doesn’t change in the UK that we will need the equivalent of 7 million more hectares to grow the food.

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  • Protecting the River Wensum: land management can reduce runoff

    Protecting the River Wensum: land management can reduce runoff

    The University of East Anglia (UEA) will demonstrate how mitigation measures can limit the amount of nutrients and pesticides that end up in the river at the Royal Norfolk Show’s Innovation…

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  • Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Bee friendly oilseed rape

    Insect pollination is important for oilseed rape but some varieties provide an inferior source of nectar.  Scientists researching the issue have found that the breeding system used can impact the amount…

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  • Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Yellow rusts turns blue and other research stories

    Within the research digest we provide a round up of some of the interesting findings announced by the research institutes and also a trials updates. Recent stories include: a major breakthrough…

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  • Biostimulants will be tested on Monitor Farms for several combinable crops, including wheat, barley and oilseed rape

    Biostimulants tryout on Monitor Farms

    An AHDB review, completed in 2016, found evidence of a significant increase in yield in at least one experiment for nine of the 11 biostimulant product categories assessed.  Now they…

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  • Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Innovation Hub 2017 at the Royal Norfolk Show

    “The agricultural economy currently faces uncertainty, so it is more important than ever for farmers to have tools to better control their costs and improve performance,” says Alex Dinsdale, SOYL’s…

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  • Dr Judith Irwin

    New speedy broccoli from seed to harvest in 8 weeks

    ‘This new broccoli is all about speed,” says Dr Jonathan Clarke, Head of Business Development at the John Innes Centre. “It takes 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest. We have…

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  • This month we’re thinking about healthy eating, inspired by our February event “Delicious and Nutritious”

    Tasty, appealing and nutritious

    ‘We are what we eat’ is an old saying, but still rings true. As knowledge about how the body uses this vital fuel grows, the importance of making our crops both…

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  • Nutritious and delicious

    Larger, tasty strawberries that offer 20 per cent saving on labour and almost no wastage demonstrate that the benefits of breeding extend far beyond yield. Flavour and nutritional content can…

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  • 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…

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