For many years TMAF has helped to finance the research work by PhD students. This year we have decided to start to wholly fund PhD studies. Here’s an explanation of why we chose Harvey Armstrong as the first recipient and what his research journey will be.
Harvest time prompts a lot of reflections on what went well and what went less than well.
TMAF farm manager David Jones, is no exception and shares his highlights and lowlights of what will always be remembered, for many reasons, as an exceptional farming year.
Barely a day goes by when farmers do not receive an invite to an online webinar to attend, a link to a film to watch or a plug to a podcast to listen to. TMAF’s Farm Manager David Jones takes us on a stroll through his watching and listening landscape to share what there is to like – and to avoid.
What to do with a headful of thoughts from a career of farming knowledge and facilitating research? You write them down to inform and inspire others.
Twenty years ago, Philip Richardson, Norfolk farmer and TMAF trustee, began worrying whether the planet would be able to feed his grandchildrens’ generation. Retirement gave him time to refine his thoughts on this and other concerns, which are published in a book. Where did he start?
Showcasing our Plant2Pint 2020 Malting Barley trials here at TMAF had to be done differently than planned. Morley Farm Manager David Jones and others behind the demonstration made a film which, amongst other key advice, shows the importance of choosing the right variety for the right market.
The next of our insights into the people and science supported by TMAF features David Purdy. For David, our backing is enabling him to take his observations and questions from years as machinery specialist and soil enthusiast into studying soil health as part of a Ph.D programme.
In another of our updates on the people and research we invest in this time we hear from Jack Davies. Jack came to us for support to complete his Master’s Degree in Plant Genetics in Norfolk. His story shows what a promising scientist he is, how our support is appreciated and having a tremendously positive effect on his career.
The findings of research to measure the effects of long-term crop rotation and cultivation treatments on soil health are summarised in a new report.
TMAF supports the research work of a number of PhD students. In this next profile, TMAF-supported PhD student Lucy Tillier explains the work she is doing to understand the impact of leaf canopy architecture on radiation use efficiency (RUE) and yield potential of sugar beet.
The British Crop Protection Congress invited TMAF Chairman John Wallace to chair their plenary session. Listening carefully was a mix of agrochemical manufacturers, regulators, advisors to both of the aforementioned, agronomists, scientists and a few farmers. John shares his impressions of the event.