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Dyson Farming Research: low carbon fertiliser trial

Dyson Farming Research takes a step forward in reducing synthetic nitrogen through low carbon fertiliser trial

Dyson Farming Research are members of a consortium which has been successful in securing funding from Innovate UK for a project which will help boost the sustainability of growing arable crops.

The project consortium is led by Crop Intellect Ltd and includes, Barworth Research, University of Lincoln, CHAP, and The Allerton Project.

Multi-location field trials hosted at Dyson Farming Ltd will test how the Crop Intellect Ltd R-Leaf product can be used with endophyte prototypes to combine their nitrogen-fixing benefits. The trials aim to reduce an estimated 50% of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser applied to wheat under standard farming practice.

Richard Meredith, Head of Dyson Farming Research, said, “We’re thrilled to be part of this project and see large potential in how it can help reduce farm input costs while improve soil health through reduced synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use. It will contribute directly towards net zero emission targets in agriculture and impact positively across the entire agri-food supply chain, from farm to retailers and end consumers.”

The results from this project will also be shared with Dyson Farming Research members at its upcoming technical events. For more information on membership, contact Richard Meredith at Richard.meredith@dysonfarming.com or 07717 493015.

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Rick Stein’s Food Stories


Rick Stein's Food Stories

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the glasshouse and AD plant in Carrington on Rick Stein’s Food Stories.

As part of his Lincolnshire-focused episode, Rick Stein visited Carrington Farm last year, where he was given guided tour by Sir James Dyson. Here he visited the glasshouse to learn more about our strawberry production and the technology we use, as well as the anaerobic digestor to understand how we use crops to generate energy.

Following his visit, the TV chef whipped up a strawberry sorbet recipe using our delicious berries.

You can watch Rick Stein’s Food Stories, Lincolnshire, on BBC iPlayer or on Wednesday 14 February, 6:30pm on BBC Two.

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Enjoy British-grown winter strawberries this Christmas


Strawberry trifle recipe

Looking for a Christmas pudding alternative this year? Start a new tradition with British Dyson Farming winter strawberries.

The strawberries, grown all year in our Carrington Glasshouse under LED lights and with heat generated by the adjacent anaerobic digestor, are available throughout the Christmas period and winter at selected Marks and Spencer stores across the UK.

Perfect on their own, with a glass of champagne or as part of your Christmas trifle.

Dyson Head Chef, Joe Croan, provides this show-stopping trifle recipe.

Dyson Farming Strawberry Trifle   Serves 4

Method

  1. For the strawberry coulis, wash, hull and quarter the strawberries, then place in the pan with the icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon and simmer until the strawberries are soft, which will take about 5 minutes. Blend until smooth.
  1. For the compote, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until soft. Wash, hull and quarter the strawberries, place in a pan with the caster sugar and simmer for 5 minutes, remove the gelatine from the water and add to the pan, then allow to cool.
  1. For the custard, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour until thick, warm the double cream and whisk together. Place the mixture into a pan and gently stir until thicken, cook slowly for 3/5 minutes, stirring continuously, then leave to cool.
  1. For the trifle, cut the trifle sponges into even size pieces and place in the bottom of a glass bowl, add the strawberry compote and half the coulis, then add the custard and a layer of  whipped cream.
  1. Decorate the trifle with strawberries and remaining coulis.

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Ingredients

For the trifle

4 trifle sponges

150g Dyson Farming strawberries

For the strawberry coulis

130g Dyson Farming strawberries

50g icing sugar.

 

For the strawberry compote

300g Dyson Farming strawberries

1 tbs caster sugar

2 leaves of gelatine

 

For the custard

400ml double cream

½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped

6 eggs yolks

20g caster sugar

4 tsp cornflour

 

For the whipped cream

300ml double cream

Vanila paste to taste

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Become a Dyson Farming Research member

Become a Dyson Farming Research member

Join us to understand more about the benefits of a Dyson Farming Research membership.  

Dyson Farming Research provides growers and agronomists from across the UK with fully independent research in all areas of crop and soil management.

Our specialist team of researchers focus their efforts on interpreting complex data and exploring proven thinking, to deliver practical crop management information and solutions for combinable and potato crops.

Dyson Farming Research members receive the latest topics and research updates via a series of in-person and online technical events. Full information on membership benefits can be found at the Dyson Farming Research website.

If you are not currently a Dyson Farming Research member and would like to attend a technical event this autumn, then we have limited spaces to offer as a free ‘taster’ into membership.

The autumn series of events are hosted in locations across the UK through October and November. For further information about this offer, please contact Richard Meredith on Richard.meredith@dysonfarming.com

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Potato Days UK is coming to Dyson Farming in 2024

Potato Days UK is coming
to Dyson Farming

Dyson Farming are excited to be hosting Potato Days UK, a brand-new event coming to the UK for the first time in 2024, which will bring an internationally proven programme.

Brought to you by the DLG, this event will showcase the complete potato production and supply chain on 4-5 September 2024 at Dyson Farming in Nocton, near Lincoln. Farmers, growers and professional visitors will be able to meet the experts, see the latest machinery in action and learn about the research and innovations that are driving this highly valuable sector. This is a free to attend event with registration in advance.

Dyson Farming Research will be a lead partner in delivering knowledge exchange, technical programme, networking opportunities, panel discussions and seminars at the event.

Potato Days UK will include:

  • Total site area of 20 Ha.
  • High quality inside trade stand space for over 100 exhibitors.
  • Outdoor static display spaces.
  • Trial plots and technical demonstrations.
  • 15 Ha of live demonstrations including harvesting, load line and handling.

A professional showcase for the whole potato supply chain with exhibitors representing:

  • Potato cultivation, harvesting and storage machinery.
  • Machines for treating, packaging and processing.
  • Research and consulting.
  • Marketing and trade of potatoes, seed breeding and related inputs
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Dyson Farming Research leading the way in boosting sustainable pulse production

Dyson Farming Research leading the way in boosting sustainable pulse production

Dyson Farming Research and University of Lincoln have collaborated to successfully secure funding from Innovate UK for a project which will help boost the productivity and sustainability of growing pulse crops.

Multi-location field trials hosted at Dyson Farming Ltd will test novel agronomic and growing techniques with the aim to maximise the genetic potential and reduce the carbon emissions in pulse crops.

The project will incorporate methods that help us to further understand the impact of variety choice, seed treatments, foliar nutrition and biostimulants, on the yield, sustainability, and nutritional content of a pulse crop.

Richard Meredith, Head of Dyson Farming Research, said, “Pulses have been grown in the UK for centuries and, as nitrogen-fixing legumes, they fit well with the government and farming industry’s objectives for sustainable production and net-zero emissions over the coming next decades. We’re excited to be working with the team at University of Lincoln to gain a deeper understanding of how our growing techniques impact on the functionality and nutritional value of pulse crops”

The results from this project will also be shared with Dyson Farming Research members at its upcoming technical events. For more information on membership, contact Richard Meredith at Richard.Meredith@dysonfarming.com or 07717 493015.

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LEAF Education Pop-Up Knowledge Hub

LEAF Education Pop-Up Knowledge Hub

LEAF Education’s Pop-up Knowledge Hub is coming to Mayfield Farm in Compton.

This event is open to farmers, educators and the wider industry and gives them the opportunity to discover the best in education and outreach in the agri-food sector.

The day features exclusive workshops to see the latest developments in agri-education and helps you discover exciting ways to engage, inspire and motivate young people on the farm, in school and online.

Workshops

Discovery and exploration – a holistic approach

Look at child-centred learning and how your farm can be used to inspire children and develop their learning skills as well as their physical and mental well-being. We will share with you our top resources for working with Early Years and how all ages can benefit from activities on farm.

Getting down and dirty – making soil exciting

Explore ways to communicate the wonders of soil to young people of all ages on farm. Get hands-on with a range of soil activities investigating soil texture and structure, soil carbon and the role of micro-organisms, soil water, worm counts and much more.

Let’s talk teenagers!

Explore a range of secondary school-specific resources designed to inspire teenagers to want to learn more about the farm-to-fork story. How to give them the knowledge to make their own informed decisions and fight mistruths

Who do you think you could be? – Careers and virtual visits

Discover effective strategies to inspire young minds about the wide array of careers within the food, farming, and supply chain industries. Discover how to use the farmed environment as a resource to begin these discussions and expose students to careers they may not even have heard of.

Tour of Mayfield Farm

See the best of what the team are delivering in terms of integrated, regenerative farming

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Dyson Farming Research provides farmer-led innovation for the potato sector


Dyson Farming Research provides boost for farmers and the environment

Dyson Farming Research is the lead partner in a new project that will improve farm sustainability and profitability by developing an understanding of how potatoes can be grown in a more environmentally friendly manner. 

Transformative Reduced Input in Potatoes (TRIP) is a 36-month research programme to develop cost-effective regenerative farming methods for the potato sector. The project is a series of connected trials which will connect R&D for: 

  • Innovative plant nutrition approaches
  • Reduced and no-tillage methods
  • Using novel low-input potato cultivars with a longer natural dormancy level
  • Developing new integrated pest management methods 

The Dyson Farming Research team will work with the project partners to provide research that will boost confidence when aiming to lower the use of chemical inputs.

TRIP will help the potato sector in its journey towards Net Zero by demonstrating how using regenerative methods for potato growing can potentially reduce GHG emissions and build soil organic matter and its carbon sequestration. The research outcomes will provide other potato growers with substantial savings in nitrogen fertilisers, fuel and storage.

 

Funded by Innovate UK, TRIP is a partnership led by Dyson Farming with partners The James Hutton Institute, Bangor University, Light Science Technologies, Emerald Research, SDF Agriculture, Colwith Farm Potatoes, FG Pryor & Son and CP Richards & Son.

Richard Meredith, Head of Dyson Farming Research, said, “A more regenerative approach to potato production will help us to maintain the efforts we take to improve our soils while also potentially reducing our production costs. We’re delighted to be working in this farmer-led partnership to help deliver a more sustainable potato sector.”

The results of this project will be shared with Dyson Farming Research members at upcoming events. For more information on memberships and to join, contact Richard Meredith at Richard.meredith@dysonfarming.com or 07717 493015.

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Dyson Farming at The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show celebrated its 138th year last week, and we were proud to be there yet again.

This year, the Dyson Farming stand was bigger and better than ever. Having relocated to the Countryside Area, we expanded our offering at the show with a bigger tent, outdoor seating, and ride-on tractors to keep the little ones happy, providing a relaxed and welcoming feel overall.

Inside, our very own bar, crafted by our in-house joinery team, played a pivotal role in drawing people in. From free strawberries, grown in our Carrington glasshouse, to pea and mint ice cream, our samples were well received. Visitors were also welcome to use our outdoor space for picnics and respite from the sun on the glorious two days.

Our experts were on hand across both days to answer questions, listen to feedback and meet potential collaborators. Wednesday saw a drinks reception hosted by the executive team, helping give guests an insight into Dyson Farming and where we are headed, which proved extremely popular.

The Schools’ Challenge

Each year The Lincolnshire Show welcomes around 6,000 schoolchildren from across the county. Many schools take part in the Schools’ Challenge; something we were proud to sponsor for another year. The challenge gives children the opportunity to delve into the world of agriculture, food production, environment, and conservation, challenging their thinking to understand the importance of the issues we face and how their ideas and decisions could shape the future.

Children of all ages are invited to enter, with everything from nurseries to secondary schools taking part.

Dr Tom Storr, Research Agronomist at Dyson Farming, worked with Scampton Church of England Primary School, helping them understand the importance of soil structure and protecting the nutrients within, forming a key theme at their stand.

The 138th year

Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the show is in its 138th year. With an agricultural focus, the show has expanded to attract a wider audience, offering everything from livestock to aviation and horticulture to equine events and plenty of shopping.

Proceeds from the show are used to support the LAS’s educational work, which engages over 13,000 local children each year, educating them about farming, food, and the countryside.

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The Lincolnshire Show 2023

Come and find us at
The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show takes place this week. This year our stand is bigger and better.

Our new location in the Countryside Area will mean that you can stop by for a chat, relax with some light refreshments and sample our showstopping strawberries.

Children will be able to learn how we produce energy from crops and whizz around on our mini electric tractors, while adults can plan their next rural retreat at one of our secluded locations. The recruitment team will be available if you’d like to know more about our latest vacancies or discuss potential future opportunities.

Our experts will be on hand for a chat about all things Dyson Farming – from food, energy, environment and research to leisure and recruitment. We’re also hosting a series of scheduled talks to give you an insight into different areas of the business. Talks are taking place on both days, at the times below:

10.00

Environment with Ian Willoughby

11.30

Strawberries, LEDs and energy generation with Angel Angelov and Lucie Redwood

13.30

Technology with Ed Ford

15.00

Soils and regenerative agriculture with Dr Tom Storr

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Schools Challenge again this year, designed to link food, farming, community, environment, and sustainability to the National Curriculum. Head to the EXO Centre to find out what ideas this year’s schools have developed.

📆 21–22 June 2023
🕘 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
📍CS-12, Countryside Area

 

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