09 April 2019 Latest from the Directors

Managing the might of 90,000 ha

I am just back from attending the AgriTech and Climate Smart Agriculture Conference 2019, in Prague. These events follow a pattern, a mixture of academics and policy people, a sprinkling of commercial suppliers and the odd token farmer. Some interesting new thoughts, ideas and products that we will of course…


13 February 2019 Latest from the Directors

Keep calm and carry on milking

We have been privileged working with the Agri-EPI Centre and visiting some of the most forward looking farms in the UK. This week we were hosted at their South West Dairy Development Centre in Somerset. You all know that we are interested in technology here at SoilEssentials, but that it…


16 January 2019 Latest from the Directors

Bringing the outside in and the inside out

Agriculture 2.0, data farming, digitalising agriculture. Whatever you see it being called; the spread of data in farming is very much the zeitgeist at the moment. Investors are after a piece of this revolution and start-ups are raising money as fast as they can. But who will survive? We have…


18 June 2018 Latest from the Directors

Floridian farmers recognise opportunity

We had the great pleasure of hosting a leadership group from Florida this week. This was the 10th rural leadership group from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute in Florida. They had already travelled to Swaziland and for this leg, were meeting farmers and rural businesses in Scotland. I have personally joined…


17 May 2018 Latest from the Directors

Confidence in the economic position of landbased economy

We should never underestimate how important we are and on the flip side how marginalised we have become. Recently at the Oxford Farming Conference Professor Dieter Helm gave a stark reminder of what a small proportion to the economy agriculture and land use provide; how that, in the grand scheme…


05 March 2018 Latest from the Directors

A new ‘silent spring’?

But it’s not the birds that will be silenced, it’s the people. For the last fifty years chemicals and farming have been uneasy bedfellows. Talk to my grandfather’s generation and their introduction revolutionised food production, increasing yields, reducing the risk of disease and helping solve food shortages. But since the…


13 February 2018 Latest from the Directors

The Glyphosate debate

Perhaps the most obvious example of the farming community and the public failing to see eye-to-eye is over the issue of Glyphosate and the recent discussion about banning it. There are many faults in this story. The farming community rightly insist that there is negligible evidence of harm and that…


06 February 2018 Latest from the Directors

They huff and they puff

We have the most amazing opportunity to take a leading role in the world but somehow we find ourselves as both price takers and slaves to legislation and let’s be honest we end up complaining about both facts. Perhaps we should attempt to turn this around. I recently read an…


30 January 2018 Latest from the Directors

Building trust

In the last few months and years our industry has faced some serious and challenging issues driven by public perception rather than hard science. In this and the next few blogs I will argue that we are collectively failing to address the publics concerns in a way that is relevant…


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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