• Start-Up Showcase 2017 sponsored by Innovate UK

    Early stage companies showcased at REAP

    Our popular Start-Up Showcase at REAP highlighted some of the great new ideas and businesses that are bringing new thinking to agri-tech – a summary is below, and more details about each can be found via the links.

    Small Robot Company to offer farming-as-a-service model

    Robots are to be made available in a ‘Farming as a Service’ model. Small Robot Company is to offer a subscription service, which will see the farm ‘digitised’ and with seeding, feeding and weeding managed by robots.

  • Social, Strategic or Opportunistic - How Do You Network

    Social, Strategic or Opportunistic – How Do You Network?

    “I came here with a specific goal – to meet farmers to recruit into a new soils project – and I’ve achieved it,” a delegate from a major agri-research organisation…

  • Earlham Institute's CropQuant at REAP 2017

    CropQuant grows with crop to provide robot eye on performance

    A small, portable robot that can ‘grow’ with the crop was demonstrated for the first time at REAP. CropQuant, developed by the Zhou Laboratory at the Earlham Institute, provides continuous monitoring…

  • Fruit - Saving waste in horticulture

    Saving waste in horticulture: optimising resources – 10 Nov 2017

    Tomatoes, strawberries and other crops grown undercover are a rich source of active plant ingredients such as lycopene, anticyanins and isoflavones that are used in the cosmetic and health industries….

  • Erosion proof farming meets technology (Brian Fischer for www.ashmorewhitesuffolks.com)

    Making agri-tech profitable, productive and sustainable at REAP 2017

    We will be looking beyond maximising yield at this year’s REAP to explore other ways to boost the value of output and to make agriculture profitable, productive and sustainable. Prof…

  • A few minutes adjusting tyre pressure can improve a crop

    A few minutes adjusting tyre pressure can improve a crop

    “Soil compaction is probably the most significant challenge to all crop development,” says Bill Basford, Independent Mechanisation Specialist. Bill will be giving advice about matching tyres and pressure to soil…

  • 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….

  • #AgriTechIsGlobal

    Going global – Africa, Argentina and Asia

    Could crop varieties that cope in extreme environments thrive in the UK? Would “no-till’ practices from the altiplano work below sea level on the fens? Would on-farm processing from other geographies…

  • Agri-Tech Week on BBC Farming Today

    Agri-Tech Week on BBC Farming Today

    Agri-Tech Week featured strongly on the BBC’s Farming Today programme and we were delighted that presenter Anna Hill managed to come to several events. Their report on the Monday event ‘Using…

  • REAP 2016 tech innovations on show

    Here is a flavour of REAP 2016, Cambridge TV produced a video report featuring some of the technology being demonstrated at the conference. It includes an overview from Dr Belinda Clarke,…