• What is the impact of digestate on soil?

    Published: 2 July, 2018

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is becoming an increasingly attractive technology for farmers, as it adds value to waste material by converting it into biogas. Digestate, the by-product generated through the AD process, is a rich source of nutrients and has emerged as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.

    Some of Agri-Tech East’s farmer members have AD plants and regularly apply digestate on their fields. However, nutrient losses, particularly that of Nitrogen, are a common problem and can lead to leaching through the soil or to ammonia gas emissions.

  • Moving on up – Innovation Hub at Royal Norfolk Show 2018

    Published: 1 July, 2018

    Agricultural shows have a strong track record in showcasing innovative thinking, providing an opportunity not only to see new developments but also to talk to the people behind them. The…

  • Minette Batters, President of NFU, gets update on Agri-Tech

    Published: 29 June, 2018

    It was a pleasure to meet Minette Batters who has just completed her first 100 days as the NFU president.  We gave her a short tour of the Innovation Hub…

  • World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit focuses on global consumer

    Published: 25 June, 2018

    The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit (WATIS) has again selected Agri-Tech East as a partner for its London event, to be held this year on 16-17th October. Agri-Tech East members benefit…

  • Innovation Insights showcases growth of agri-tech cluster

    Published: 13 June, 2018

    Just four years after Agri-Tech East launched at Cereals, we are hosting a new ‘Innovation Insights’ event at Cereals 2018. Around 30 of our member organisations from across the value-chain…

  • REAP 2018 – best practice informed by science

    Published: 1 June, 2018

    Increased productivity with reduced environmental impacts may sound like the holy grail of farming, but our keynote speaker at REAP, Dr Zhenling Cui of the China Agricultural University, Beijing, will…

  • Timely farming at the Innovation Hub, Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 30 May, 2018

    It is time for change – acting fast and making minimal interventions can reduce the use of inputs such as water, fertiliser or plant protection, and can also enhance animal…

  • On the Innovation Trail at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 22 May, 2018

    A simulator for tractor training, the world’s biggest beet eater and a virtual sheep wrangler will be among the highlights of a unique Innovation Trail that showcases technology being demonstrated…

  • Innovation Insights at Cereals – an overview of agri-tech

    Published: 3 May, 2018

    Do you want a quick overview of the latest, exciting agri-tech that is emerging in the UK? This year Agri-Tech East and Cereals are partnering to host Cereals’ first ever…

  • Using earthworms as indicators of soil health

    Published: 1 May, 2018

    Earthworms are like the miner’s canary, indicating a problem with the underground world. They are sensitive to pH, water-logging, compaction, rotations, tillage and responsive to applications of organic matter. This…