East of EnglandMonday, 1 January 2018 Jargon used by technologists can be an obstacle to its adoption, so we are busting it this year by selecting the most relevant of the emerging technology streams and exploring its value for agriculture. Farming also has its ‘in phrases’ and we will de-mystify these and see how value can be...
Easton Campus, Easton and Otley College, Norwich NR9 5DXThursday, 13 September 2018 Managing water continues to be a major challenge, ensuring the right amount in the right place at the right time. Access to water can dictate farming regimes and influence crop performance, and regulation around water management are driving investment in new solutions, both on and off-farm. Here we’ll...
Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden, AL5 2JQTuesday, 9 October 2018 The importance of agri-chemicals to support productive agriculture shouldn’t be under-estimated, and exciting advances are being made in the developments of novel solutions for crop protection, soil enhancement and plant stimulants. With potential regulatory uncertainties for some current management solutions, the pressing need to develop to effective, environmentally acceptable crop...
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, CB10 1RQWednesday, 7 November 2018 Our fifth REAP conference comes at a time of unprecedented change, uncertainty and challenge for farmers and innovators. REAP 2018 will focus on growing productivity at a number of levels – from individual plants and animals, to fields and businesses, to landscapes and the wider farming system. Mindful of the need...
Keeping spuds until June with smart storage
“Potatoes can now easily be stored until June”, says Chris Lee of PJ Lee & Sons Ely about the new OmniCuro system form Omnivent that Highflyer Farms has installed to improve storage. The farm is one of the largest individual potato producers in the UK, serving chip shops the length and breadth of the country.
Omnivent was one of the presenters at the Post-Harvest Storage Pollinator, held at Sutton Bridge.
The season for agricultural trade shows, open days, field walks, demonstration farm visits, technical seminars, and other industry events is at its peak right now, offering a wealth of opportunities for farmers to see best practice in action. But how can we speed up the process by which best practice becomes common practice, and what are the barriers to be overcome?It is widely hoped that innovation is the key to tackling this gap
As we outlined in our report last year, From Grass Roots to Blue Skies, there is a major productivity gap between the best-performing farms and the rest. While soil type, weather and other factors may play a role, the disparity between the Championship league producers and the farmers struggling to make a living is significant – but potentially addressable.