11 January 2018 Latest from the Directors

Embracing Change

Recently I noted that at Agritechnica the UK farmers were not really investing, that they were in a state of uncertainty about the future. This week in Oxford (at the Oxford Farming Conference) you could feel that change. There were many announcements indicating business as usual and funding as usual…

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08 January 2018 Latest from the Directors

Notes from Agritechnica – the ‘world’s number 1’

Agritechnica is where the world of agriculture meets and is a great place to take the temperature of European farming. Brexit may not yet have happened but its effects have begun, the atmosphere around European and British farming could not be further apart. While UK farmers are benefiting from a…

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21 December 2017 Latest from the Directors

The evolution of the rural worker

When Aiden Turner as ‘Poldark’ first burst onto our screens topless and wielding a scythe, it was so popular in the tabloids, my wife wondered if it might strike a resurgence in a long lost farming skill. Of course, the scything was the last thing they were interested in and…

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19 December 2017 News Research & Projects

Soil scientists blown away by SoilBio project

Vast amounts of soil quality knowledge has been generated and used to map soil complexity but science has not yet created useful ‘rules of thumb’ to cut through the complexity to deliver practicable guidelines for growers. If we want to manage soil quality and get our soils right, we need…

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Event Date: February 7, 2018 — February 7, 2018 Events

Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS)

We are returning to the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) which is held at the York Auction Centre, Murton, York, YO19 5GF on the first Wednesday in February after the end of the shooting season. The next YAMS will be held on 7th February 2018.   OPEN FROM 8.30AM TO…

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16 November 2017 News

Mapping out the future of farming

State-of-the-art computer software is helping to equip Scottish agriculture students with the skills they need to become the farmers of the future. A collaboration between Scotland’s Rural College, SAC Consulting and SoilEssentials, one of the country’s leading precision farming specialists, has seen the development of special student mapping software to teach…

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13 November 2017 News

New web platform to revolutionise land use

SoilEssentials Ltd, the award-winning, Scottish precision ag specialists are ready to introduce their new cloud-based land management platform at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany 12-18th November. Three years ago they embarked on this ambitious project, supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and in collaboration with Deimos Space UK, the British…

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16 October 2017 News

Five Farms in Running for New Arable Award

Five farms are in the running for the first ever AgriScot Scottish Arable Farm of the Year Award. AgriScot Chairman, Andrew Moir, explains more about the new award: “It is great to have the new Scottish Arable Farm of the Year Award to add to our existing dairy, beef and…

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07 September 2017 Research & Projects

Free soil sampling for soil health project

SoilEssentials are now seeking growers (in England and Wales in particular now) who could offer further fields for sampling. The grower will receive, free of charge, results for pH, Nutrients, C%, P, K, Mg, Ca and Na with the knowledge that they will be helping to provide vital information to…

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05 September 2017 Latest from the Directors

The rotten debate that is food waste

Did you know that in 2015 alone, the UK had £13million worth of food waste that could have been eaten? £13 million. It’s horrific, isn’t it and sadly, according to WRAP, the waste and recycling advisory body, any attempts to improve this appear to have stalled. I know myself when I…

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