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On Farm Innovation


We know the importance of site visits to see new agricultural innovations in action, so we were delighted that the Water for Agriculture Special Interest Group event on 4 June was a site visit to look at catchment sensitive farming at one of the region’s leading estates.

We were privileged to visit Manor Farm at Salle, near Reepham in Norfolk, where Estate Manager Poul Hovesen (Farmers’ Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year 2014) showcased a highly successful collaboration with Prof. Kevin Hiscock from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences.

We took a trailer tour round the farm, looking at experimental work with cover crops, minimum till and direct drill trials, as well as some of the agri-environment schemes underway. This was also an opportunity to see the Water Quality Kiosk which is part of on going monitoring by the Demonstration Test Catchment project and how analysis of porous pot data reveals insights into nutrient run-off and entry into the water course.