• Young Innovators’ Forum: Farming in Stretham

    Upon arrival, we were given a brief history of the Fen and a tour of the Stretham Old Engine house, which houses the last of the steam engine pumps that had been used in the mid-19th to the early 20th century for draining the Fens. Drainage of the Fens began as far back as the 17th century and as a result, organic matter in the Fens, mainly comprising of peat, started to rot and the Fens began shrinking. Most of the irrigation used in the farmers’ fields around this area come from flood water in the Fens. The farmers around the Fens have installed water controllers in their fields in order to control the water level around the farms and to allow for sub-irrigation.

    However, they did not recommend any particular tillage method as the results of tillage trials could often be inconsistent. They recommended that tillage methods should be applied on a case by case basis. We were given a brief demonstration of the GPS system being used to coordinate farm machineries such as the drills and sprayers. The farm also boasts its own solar panels which currently generate about 90 megawatts of electricity and also allows them grow sheep under the panels. They plan to use the electricity generated to run the robotics system and to acquire more electric farm machinery.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Bayer hosts Young Innovators Forum at local research farm

    Bayer hosts Young Innovators Forum at local research farm

    Twenty early-career researchers, agronomists and farmers have visited Bayer’s Chishill Research Farm as part of Agri-Tech East’s Young Innovators’ Forum.  Bayer is the latest member of Agri-Tech East to host…

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  • Young Innovator’s Forum: Stephen Temple’s Anaerobic Digester

    For our latest visit, our Norfolk YIF-ers were treated to a visit to Stephen Temple’s anaerobic digester and Mrs Temple’s Cheese’s Production. Alongside its AD and cheese production, the farm…

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