• Is saline farming an option?

    Farming on the edge: is saline farming an option?

    Although a storm surge on the scale of Hurricane Harvey is unlikely, lowland farmers in the Wash are acutely aware of the risk of salt water encroaching on their land. Dr Iain Gould, Senior Lecturer in Agri-food Technology at the University of Lincoln, will be exploring options for farmland at risk of coastal flooding in a seminar during Agri-Tech Week, including a discussion of saline farming.

    He says: “We have seen that farmland management post-flood can be really influential in reducing the level of salts in a soil. We also have found that the economic value of farmland protected by sea defences could be much larger than previously thought.”

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  • 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…

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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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  • Recycling and reducing water use for agriculture

    Recycling and reducing water use for agriculture

    “Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it,” said British Scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), inventor of the…

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  • Reed bed creates sustainable source of water for veg

    If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley,…

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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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  • Sunculture - irrigation as a service

    Irrigation as a service to unlock African potential

    Less than 20% of the land area in Kenya is suitable for rain fed agriculture and irrigation technology is prohibitively expensive. Using the M-PESA, the mobile money service developed by a…

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  • Export opportunities for Agri-Tech

    The UKTI has publicised a number of opportunities for British agri-tech companies to work in collaboration with Brazilian organisations: British manufacturers of cattle vaccines to partner in developing a vaccine for Tick…

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  • The water balancing act in East Anglia

    How can farmers and growers increase resilience to water shortage? Many are already using some strategies such as: improved storage through roof capture and reservoirs; smart abstraction through boreholes and bulk…

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  • How would you manage demand for water?

    What would you do differently if you were put in control of water management for the East of England?  There is an opportunity to find out by taking part in…

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