Morley farms is seeking a key farm operator to join our team. Main tasks will be combining and spraying, although the candidate must be willing to undertake all tasks when appropriate on the farm.
The next of the PhD students we support to report on her study is Abi Brock. She has long held an interest in plants, and what makes them work, and now is focussed on helping crop plants to work even harder with less added fertiliser than ever before.
TMAF is currently supporting several PhD students. Ian Tsang reports on what he is doing and why and what drew him to be interested in the root hairs of wheat.
In her second report on the carbon monitoring underway in Morley sugar beet, Dr Georgina Barrett of BBRO explains what has been going well so far– and not so well – in this field.
TMAF and Morley Farms are pleased to announce that we have been accepted to become a AHDB strategic farm. AHDB have a national programme of monitor and strategic farms. The aim is to create a network for farmer-to-farmer discussion and learning.
In early May, eighteen students visited Morley Farm to find out more about the learning opportunities linked to food, farming and the natural environment.
Recently, TMAF Chair Richard Wilbourn and David Jones were guests of the Newbury and District Agricultural Society to judge their crop competitions. They enjoyed the chance to look at the crops and, as David reports back, noticed several significant differences between farming in the West compared to the East.
Anna Wyeth, a third-year undergraduate student in the School of Environmental Science at UEA, came to Morley for a conversation with TMAF Farm Manager David Jones.
Can you point to a pivotal moment in your agricultural career? TMAF Farm Manager David Jones can. For him it was taking part in the training in farm management offered by the course supported by the John Edgar Trust. The search is on for the next group of participants and he extends an offer of help to interested applicants.
There’s integrity in independence. That’s the view of independent agronomist and TMAF Trustee and Deputy Chair Sue Lord. That’s why, she explains, she was happy to write an article for the recent edition of Beet Review magazine.
Three days can make a big difference. That’s the view of independent agronomist Harry Cotton. He is brimming with examples of what he gained from being one of eight selected for the latest John Forrest Award Communications Skills course which is co-funded by TMAF.
TMAF demonstrated again at its annual meeting how it maintains its role at the heart of agricultural development. Illustrations of the research it is supporting was combined with discussion of key current issues such as measuring farming’s real carbon footprint and asking what the science of regeneration actually looks like.
We have another interesting line-up for our latest TMAF Winter Talk, taking place on the 2nd February 2023 with presentations from Maro Caccamo (CEO of NIAB), Suzannah Harder (Post Graduate Researcher, UEA) and Georgina Barrett (Applied Crop Scientist, BBRO).
Suzannah Harder, Postgraduate Researcher, discusses how she is investigating a little bit deeper into the varieties of sugar beet being developed to combat virus yellows, and how they perform with different strains of the virus that we find on farm.
TMAF is supporting five new PhD students. TMAF Board member Dr Steve Rawsthorne met all five PhD students as they begin their training in October 2022.
David Clarke, who carries out research at Morley, joined the throngs at the world’s biggest gathering of soil professionals and enthusiasts. He has returned inspired to try out a time-saving new soil science smartphone app a try and invites others to do the same.
Summer 2022 has been great for sharing knowledge and for networking. Research funded by The Morley Agricultural Foundation has been showcased across East Anglia at various agricultural events and open days. NIAB Research Trials Agronomist Grace Bale describes how each event has enabled engagement with different audiences, from specialists within the agricultural industry to the general public.
Farming is – more than ever – all about making the right choices at the right time. At the 2022 Morley Innovation Day there was plenty of expert advice on hand guide the decision-making all the way to get a crop to harvest.
Eight young agri-professionals have just taken part in the latest John Forrest Award Communication Skills course. One of the participants, Zoe Fletcher from Ceres Rural, describes what the course is and has done for her professional ability to communicate well at every opportunity.
The research of one of the TMAF-supported PhD students has come to a close and the findings are now available to read and to learn from.
The twin themes of meticulous measurement and careful management recurred throughout the presentations by young TMAF-supported researchers Joe Martlew and David Clarke and experienced and award-winning Suffolk farm manager Edward Vipond during our Winter Meeting at Morley Farm.
One of the PhD students we support, Paul Zauzau Chunga, gives an update on what he is discovering on the role of agronomy and genotype in stopping sugar loss during storage of sugar beet.
The search is on for up to four young East Anglian agri-professionals who, with support from TMAF, want to build their management, communication and business skills.
New weather monitoring at TMAF’s Morley Farm is providing interesting data for today and useful comparisons with previous times.
One year into her PhD co-supported by TMAF, research student Suzannah Cobb updates us on the progress – and challenges – thus far.
A benchmarking network to compare the different elements that make up a farm’s carbon footprint is a step closer to being produced thanks to the result of TMAF-supported analysis and report.
In the wake of a flurry of reports for and about the future of farming, TMAF Trustee Philip Richardson shares his analysis of farming’s predicament and opportunities.
We invited Swedish thought-leaders on farm carbon capture to explain the seven steps they believe will change on-farm practice and fast-track new technical innovation. The result? Reduce farming’s carbon emissions, improve carbon capture and be rewarded for it.
At our TMAF Winter Talks we have the chance to listen to and question two of Europe’s most influential thought-leaders on why and how we can measure farming’s carbon footprint to the benefit of farm businesses.
TMAF produces more than crops and evidence. We also offer invaluable experience and insights, particularly to young agri-professionals at the start of their careers. One of the latest to enjoy a TMAF opportunity is Stan Clarke. We asked him to sum up what he did and what he gained.
One of our over-arching pieces of current research is the Morley Soil and Agronomic Monitoring Study (SAMS). We have put together this explanation of what it is, does and hopes to discover and share.
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.
With the promise of spring in the February air outside the Morley meeting room, inside at the winter event at TMAF there was a succession of spritely presentations on promising research to contribute to better farming.
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.
We are holding our annual TMAF Winter Event and AGM, at the Morley Business Centre on Wednesday 5th February 2020. We have again selected a fine line-up of topics and speakers to provoke thought, stimulate discussion and inform decision-making on farms in our region.
This is the first example of the work we are doing on-farm as part of TMAF Morley Clean Water project. TMAF Farm Manager David Jones provides the context and the work done – using the farm’s equipment and labour – so far.
This is the next example of the work we are doing on-farm as part of TMAF Morley Clean Water project. Ditch management is the focus this time explains, TMAF Farm Manager David Jones.
Many farmers love the lure of new machinery. This month, TMAF Farm Manager David Jones went to see what was on show at Agritechnica, one of the biggest new farm machinery shows in the world. So, what was on his list and did he find it in Hanover?
TMAF Chair John Wallace is the chairman for the opening plenary session at the British Crop Production Council (BCPC) Congress in Brighton this month. He will set out the challenges to ‘deliver food production alongside environmental enhancement’, which is the Congress theme.
BBRO’s Dr Simon Bowen, who oversees the BBRO Knowledge Exchange programme, reveals the research underway in TMAF fields and what has been learned so far.
As usual, the weather has been uppermost in farmers’ minds this season, but as TMAF we have an eye on future climate trends which is why we hosted a workshop to gather farmers’ reactions to opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on-farm as part of a Defra-funded research project .
We are delighted to support a range of investigations by the research work of PhD students. TMAF-supported PhD student Joe Martlew explains the work he is doing to diagnose and treat subsoil compaction in his research ‘Quantifying and alleviating deep-seated compaction in arable soils’.
If you want a measurement of how interested East Anglian farmers are in fine-tuning their farming practices, and where they know they will find inspiration and practical ideas, then look no further than our latest Morley Innovation Day. Well over 200 farmers from all over East Anglia came to have conversations with more than 60 specialists and advisors on stands and on sites in the Morley Farm fields.
The Morley Innovation Day taking place on 20th June 2019 in Norfolk, showcases the latest arable advice and research from UK agri-businesses, manufacturers and research organisations at the forefront of agri-tech innovation and technology, research and commercial enterprise.
TMAF Farm Manager David Jones explains why he jumped at the chance of a refresher in statistics and new insights to field experimental design.
After the successful completion of this year’s TMAF-supported John Forrest Memorial Award Communication Skills course for regional agri-professionals we have pledged to co-fund another course, in January 2020.
You are invited to join us at Morley Business Centre as we celebrate the Morley Agricultural Foundation’s long-term experiment programme, MENTOR, which is co-ordinated by NIAB. These experiments have informed change in agronomy over decades. At this meeting, we will be bringing together the results for the last 10 years and more, reflecting on what they have taught us and consulting on the future of the experiments.
There has never been a more important time for agri-professionals to build and use better communication skills.
The Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation again for 2019 are jointly funding another communication skills training course.
Following the AGM, there will be two presentations from Dr Simon Bowen and Dr Elizabeth Stockdale.
In Autumn Morley Farms and Agrovista embarked on a project to compare different cover crops in the same field. With help fro Randell Agriculture we used a Cultivating Solutions strip tillage Machine and Vaderstad Tempo to establish sugar beet. This report is what we did and how we did it. Then the results compare yields…
AGM of The Morley Agricultural Foundation followed by presentations from Alistair Wright who is studying for a PhD in Crop Science and Dr. Belinda Clarke who is Director of Agri-Tech East.
At the Morley Agricultural Foundation AGM on 20th January, board member John Wallace was elected chairman. He has been on the TMAF board since its inception in2003.John has farmed at Coney Weston, near the Suffolk Norfolk border, all his working life.
Our AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th January 2016. Lunch from 1pm. Formal AGM starts 1.45pm followed buy 2 interesting speakers. Willy Thrale will discuss the work on honey bee health that we are supporting. Susie Emmett will discuss the success of farming is magic and how we all can improve our communication in the agricultural industry.