• YIF: New Stores at Elveden Estates

    The Young Innovators’ Forum (YIF) visited Elveden Estates on 10 October. Read on to see what one of the participants, Roxanne Sicat from the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University, thought about the visit. Potato storage is not normally something that stirs one’s spirits. But, standing on a steel platform overlooking three storey’s worth of potatoes, I couldn’t help but marvel at the feats of engineering, botany, and farming that must’ve come together to make this Storage possible.

    The potatoes were stored in wooden boxes, each holding 1 tonne worth of spuds. Andrew Francis, the Farm Manager at Elveden Estate, walked onto the sea of potatoes. He balanced on the wooden walls of the boxes, and told us about how the facility worked.

    At Elveden, potatoes are stored in one of four buildings just like the one we were in. Using a sophisticated cooling system, potatoes are kept at low temperatures (3.5 to 4 degrees if they’re going to the grocer; 8 degrees if they’re to be pre-processed) to suppress dormancy breaking. By using a negative pressure system, Elveden is able to forgo using chloropropham, or CIPC. CIPC is a chemical that suppresses shoot growth in potatoes. In Andrew’s words, the storage facility allows Elveden to ensure “continuity of product for 52 weeks a year”.

  • Emma Kelcher, Elveden and YIF

    Science in the field – Elveden shows on-farm innovation

    Early career farmers and scientists are being given the opportunity to visit one of the most advanced on farm post-harvest storage facilities in Europe. Elveden Farms is giving members of…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum: Farming in Stretham

    This blog is written by Funmi Ladejobi, who has recently completed her PhD at NIAB working on wheat and rice pre-breeding and joined us for a visit to a Wicken…

  • Thomas Mountain

    The future of farming: integrating tradition and tech

    What will farming look like in 20 years’ time? As we move more online, will there be a greater focus on software? How will inputs and outputs differ? What will…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum: John Innes Centre

    On the first sunny day for a while, we took a visit to the John Innes Centre in Norwich to learn about some of the latest plant research. JIC is…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum: AgriScience Conference 2018

    Last week we held the second Young Innovators’ Forum AgriScience Conference, with help from NIAB. Once again descending on The Morley Agricultural Foundation, 40 innovators came to learn more about…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum: NIAB Innovation Hub

    On 22 February 2018, about 10 University of Cambridge early career researchers and PhD students joined young farmers for the Agri-Tech East Young Innovators’ Forum visit at NIAB Eastern Agri-Tech…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum May Newsletter

    Take a look at the latest newsletter for our Young Innovators’ Forum – with news of upcoming events, blog about our recent visit, and opportunities in science and farming you…

  • Young Innovators' Forum COnference

    Interactive conference for inspiring innovators

    You won’t be sitting down at our Young Innovators’ Forum conference. The theme is “Leading Change Through Innovation”, and it will include interactive sessions, workshops and tips on how to…

  • Young Innovators’ Forum: Frontier’s Trial Plots at Honingham Thorpe Farm

    July 2017 saw a group of students from Earlham Institute, UEA and JIC join a Norfolk Young Farmers’ visit to Frontier trial plots at Honingham Thorpe Farm. The visit was…